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Public review and comment period announced on state's Infant-Toddler Federal Grant application, policy proposals

Release Date: March 2, 2010
Contact: Carol Schriber, N.C. DHHS Public Affairs Office, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Public Health, Early Intervention Branch announces public review of and comment on three items:

  • The state’s federal Part C grant application under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA);
  • proposed policy on fees, billing and reimbursement; and
  • proposed policy on Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) records. 

The application and the proposed policies are available for public review, as required by law, at www.ncei.org, March 3 – April 1, 2010. The public may comment on the items April 2 – May 1, 2010.

The grants are non-competitive awards available only to U.S. states and territories and not to individuals, families or local agencies.  The U.S. Office of Special Education Programs offers the grants to help states and territories provide coordinated statewide systems of comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, interagency programs of early intervention service for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.  The application describes how funding will be used to provide supports and services to children and their families.

Proposed changes for the fees, billing and reimbursement policy are in the following areas:

  • the criteria used to apply the Sliding Fee Scale;
  • the formula for calculating payments made to contracted community providers after insurance plans have paid benefits; and
  • non-payment and collection of debt owed to the ITP.

The ITP records proposed policy primarily has three changes:

  • reduction of time for maintaining children’s ITP records from 21 years to 5 years after a child’s third birthday;
  • a definition for “personally identifiable information”; and
  • removal of a listing of ITP required forms.

From April 2 to May 1, comments on the grant application and the two proposed policies may be made by:

  • Email to:  ei.publiccomment@dhhs.nc.gov;
  • Fax to:  Part C coordinator at 919-870-4834; or

Letter:  c/o Part C Coordinator, Early Intervention Branch, 1916 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1916.