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Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education

Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part H of Public Law (99-457),early intervention legislation passed in the fall of 1986, and was crafted with a remarkable vision - a vision of comprehensive, interagency, multidisciplinary, family-centered, and community-based services accessible to all infants and toddlers with disabilities and to many who are at risk for disabilities.  Part H was later renamed Part C.  This law has been reauthorized as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) or Public Law 108-446.
It was reported in the Seventh Annual Report to Congress that early intervention and preschool services accomplish the following:
  • Help enhance intelligence in some children;
  • Produce substantial gains in physical development, cognitive development, language and speech development, psycho-social development and self-help skills;
  • Help prevent the development of secondary handicapping conditions;
  • Reduce family stress;
  • Reduce societal dependency and institutionalization;
  • Reduce the need for special class placement in special education programs once the children reach school age; and
  • Save substantial costs to society and our nation's schools.
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the Lead Agency for Early Intervention Services.  The Early Intervention system must be a statewide system of coordinated, comprehensive, multidisciplinary, interagency programs providing appropriate early intervention services to all infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.  The system must include the following minimum components:
  • A definition of the term "developmentally delayed" that will be used by the state in carrying out programs
  • Timetables for ensuring that appropriate early interventions services will be available to all infants and toddlers with disabilities in the state
  • A timely, comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation of the functioning of each infant and toddler with a disability in the state and the needs of the families to assist in the development of the child
  • An Individualized Family Service Plan for each eligible child including service coordination
  • A comprehensive Child Find System, including a system for making referrals to service providers that includes timelines and provides for the participation by primary referral sources
  • A public awareness program for focusing on early identification of infants and toddlers with disabilities
  • A central directory which includes early intervention services, resources, and experts available in the State
  • A comprehensive system of personnel development
  • A single line of responsibility in a lead agency designated by the Governor for carrying out general administration and supervision of programs and activities including program monitoring, procedures, and dispute resolution
  • Procedural safeguards
  • Policies and procedures relating to standards to ensure that personnel are appropriately and adequately prepared and trained
  • A system for compiling data on the numbers of infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in the state in need of early intervention services
Department of Health and Human Services - IDEA Part C Office
The IDEA Part C Office within the Department of Health & Human Services provides the oversight of Part C (early intervention services) of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act along with support activities for outreach, training, and fiscal operations.  Mission Statement – To oversee the development and implementation of a statewide, family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers (birth through two) who are eligible for Part C services, and their families. This system will be continuously monitored and evaluated to ensure that appropriate and evidenced based services are provided, families are respected, supported and involved, and that the potential of each child is maximized.  This Office is responsible for:
  • Minimum components of a statewide system;

  • Comprehensive child find system;

  • Public awareness program;

  • Central directory;

  • Procedural safeguards;

  • State interagency coordinating council;

  • The monitoring of Part C programs and activities;

  • Providing technical assistance to programs;

  • Developing procedures for resolving complaints;

  • Develop policies and procedures related to financial matters;

  • Identification and coordination of resources;

  • Developing interagency agreements;

  • Resolution of disputes;

  • Ensuring delivery of services in a timely manner;

  • Data collection.

In addition a family liaison, or Family Resource Coordinator is on staff to work directly with families who have questions or concerns about early intervention or Nevada Early Intervention Services.
 

Contact Information
For more information, please contact the IDEA Part C Office:
   
IDEA Part C Office
4126 Technology Way, Suite 100
Carson City, Nevada 89706
Office: (775) 687-0587
Fax: (775) 687-0599
 
   
Thomas Kapp
State Part C Coordinator

Phone: (775) 687-
0554
Fax: (775) 687-0599
Daniel Dinnell
Family Resource Coordinator
Project ASSIST
Phone: 1-800-522-0066
Phone: (775) 687-0588
Fax: (775) 687-0599
Email: ddinnell@dhhs.nv.gov
   
Brenda Bledsoe
Development Specialist IV
Phone: (775) 687-0565
FAX: (775) 687-0599
Email: bbledsoe@dhhs.nv.gov
Allen Whitenack
Administrative Assistant II
Phone: (775) 687-0587
Fax: (775) 687-0599
Email:
arwhitenack@dhhs.nv.gov 
   
Susie De Vere
TRAC/Data Manager

Phone: (775) 687-0508
Fax: (775) 687-
0599
Email:
smdevere@dhhs.nv.gov
 
   
Mary Knight
Administrative Assistant III
Phone: (775) 687-0544
Fax: (775) 687-
0599
Email: mknight@dhhs.nv.gov
 
   
  IDEA Part C Southern Office
1860 E. Sahara
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Phone: (702) 486-5102
Fax: (702) 486-3533
   
  Edie King
Development Specialist IV

Phone: (702) 486-5497
FAX: (702) 486-3533
Email: eking@dhhs.nv.gov
   
  Iandia Morgan
Development Specialist IV
Phone: (702) 486-5498
FAX: (702) 486-3533
Email: imorgan@dhhs.nv.gov
   
 

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