New Jersey Early Intervention System
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The NJ Department of Health (DOH), the Lead Agency for New Jersey’s Early Intervention System and the four Regional Early Intervention Collaborative (REICs) work together to ensure professional development opportunities are available for NJEIS practitioners specifically related to:
· Understanding Part C federal and state requirements,
· Meeting the needs of eligible children, and
· Assisting families in enhancing the development of their children and participating in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) process.
NJEIS offers ongoing professional development opportunities including webinars, technical assistance, workshops and informational email blasts.
All NJEIS provider agency administrators and practitioners must currently complete two mandated professional development activities:
1. On-line Procedural Safeguards in Early Intervention modules; and
2. One day Face-to-Face training entitled Introduction to IFSP Development.
Procedural Safeguards Modules
Procedural Safeguards are a set of requirements to ensure that infants and toddlers with delays or disabilities and their families are provided early intervention services according to the procedures and processes established by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its regulations.
Individuals enrolling as a NJEIS practitioner for the first time must successfully complete the Procedural Safeguards Modules as part of the enrollment process prior to being assigned to provide early intervention services. The modules are accessed through the NJEIS Learning Management System (LMS) at Mercer County Community College (MCCC). The on-line format allows for unlimited module accessibility to accommodate individual schedules.
The six (6) modules cover specific procedural safeguards that NJEIS administrators and practitioners must understand to appropriately carry out responsibilities:
· Module 1: Overview
· Module 2: Primary Language
· Module 3: Prior Written Notice
· Module 4: Written Parental Consent
· Module 5: Confidentiality
· Module 6: Dispute Resolution
Each module contains specific information on the procedural safeguards covered, responsibilities and timelines for agencies and practitioners, links to federal requirements, EIS forms and documentation in progress notes. Each module also includes an online self-assessment to check your knowledge of module content.
Introduction to IFSP Development: An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) documents and guides the early intervention process for infants and toddlers with disabilities or delays and their families serving as the vehicle through which effective early intervention is implemented in accordance with Part C of IDEA. This training: (1) explains federal and state requirements for IFSP development, implementation and review, (2) describes the process through which IFSPs are developed, and (3) delineates the role of NJEIS service coordinators, direct service workers and families. Participants have the opportunity to follow a family through the early intervention process and learn to develop outcomes based on the needs and priorities of the family.
The IFSP Training must be completed within six months of enrollment in the NJEIS.
To register for an IFSP Development training session and for directions to the REIC, please click on the link below. This will take you to a registration page; scroll down to see all available dates.