FFY17 Part C Federal Application Draft Available for Comment

The Draft FFY17 (7/1/17-6/30/18) Part C Federal Application is now available for public comment.

It can be found here. http://www.birth23.org/aboutb23/fedapp/

Written comment on the application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017. Comments should be sent:

  • by e-mail to Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov.
  • by Fax to 860-622-2789 or
  • by mail at 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT, 06103-1835;

Two public hearings concerning the proposed application will be held.

  1. Monday, February 27th, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Value Options (CT Behavioral Health Partnership) 500 Enterprise Drive Rocky Hill, CT 06067 in Suite 3D on the 3rd Floor
  2. Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Office of Early Childhood, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT, 06103-1835 in Meeting Room I on the Plaza level of the North (left) Tower

Household Safety – storing and discarding medications

Home visitors  are in an ideal position to support families’ household safety efforts.  An important topic for discussion concerns medications – both prescription and over the counter

  • how to store them when used by a household member, and
  • how to get rid of them when they are no longer needed.

Safe Storage information:  Know what medicines are in your home, keep them locked up, make them less appealing and more tips are provided here.

Poison Control Hotline 1-800-222-1222     Toddlers may mistake a pill for candy.

Disposal of unwanted medications:  NO medications should be flushed down the toilet or poured down the sink.  Information on drug collection sites and events is available here and here.

Easy ASQ online enrollment

Connecting families to the Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) is quick and easy via the online enrollment options on CDI’s website.

Online questionnaires: Click here for English       Click here for Spanish

Mailed questionnaires, Click here

Every family of a child that is not receiving Birth to Three supports and services can benefit from this free developmental monitoring program. This includes parents:

  • who decline the evaluation
  • whose children are determined not eligible
  • whose children are eligible but choose not to enroll in Birth to Three
  • who exit before or at 36 months
  • who want to know more about age-appropriate developmental skills

ASQ developmental monitoring continues until 60 months of age.

Research: Diminished Attention to Eyes and Autism

“Mechanisms of Diminished Attention to Eyes in Autism” 

Am J Psychiatry. 2017;174:26-35, 1-2.

J.M. Moriuchi, A. Klin, W. Jones

The reduced attention to other people’s eyes in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is due to passive insensitivity to social signals in others’ eyes, rather than gaze aversion, conclude US investigators in findings that could ultimately point to novel therapies for the condition.

In two experiments, researchers showed that children with ASD did not look away faster than typically developing children from direct gaze but reacted less to implicit social cues for eye-looking.

“These results contradict the hypothesis that children with ASD actively avoid looking at the eyes in early life. Instead, the results are consistent with gaze indifference and indicate passive insensitivity to social signals in others’ eyes coupled with intact sensitivity to nonsocial, physical cues,” the investigators, led by Warren Jones, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, write.

 –excerpted from Medscape Medical News

Terrific Opportunity for Early Interventionists in Birth to Three!

LAST CALL  – ONLY 4 SLOTS REMAIN.    NEED TO CONTACT Gabriella Freye by WEDNESDAY, January 18th!!!      The University of Connecticut, Mary Beth Bruder, is offering a course including a series of 3 modules on early intervention.  The course will allow for graduate credit or a stipend, as well as attainment of the CT. Birth to Three Early Intervention Specialist Credential after successful completion of  the 3 modules.   Please contact Gabriela Freyre-Calish, MSW at 860-679-1563 or freyre@nso2.uchc.edu.   Here’s what your colleagues are saying:
“This course provides early interventionists with the essential tools needed to understand and apply the research that guides how we provide services to young children and their families.” – Mary Beth McLaughlin (ASD)
“I have grown so much with the knowledge this course has provided me. I thought I was making a difference in the lives of families before, but nothing like I am doing now.” – Desirae Murphy (Beacon)

Activity Based Teaming: Training and TA

Applications have gone out to program directors for the two-day training in April 2017 and follow-up TA for 6 months.  The training will be on Evidence-based practices in Early Intervention by national experts, Dathan Rush & M’Lisa Shelden.  Program Directors should submit the application for their team by January 24, 2017.  Contact Linda Bamonte for more information.

Natural Learning Environments Training – February 2017

Going Deeper Into Natural Learning Environments, a one-day training, has been added to the calendar for February 22, 2017 (Snow Date February 24th).  This is an essential training for anyone providing Early Intervention to families and a pre-requisite for any teams applying for the Activity-Based Teaming Training and TA with Rush & Shelden in April.  Register on the Birth to Three Calendar.

Draft 15-16 SPP/APR available for review

This is a link to the final draft of the combined State Performance Plan / Annual Performance Report.  It is due to the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs by February 1, 2017.  For more information about the SPP, click here.  Indicator (11), also known as the SSIP will be completed for an April 1, 2017 submission.

If you have any questions or comments please email Alice.Ridgway@ct.gov no later than January 20, 2017.

EHDI Family Partners – request for proposal

LEGAL NOTICE:   Request for Proposal (RFP)

RFP # 2017-0903- Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) Family Partners

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking proposals to establish a formal partnership with a statewide, family-based organization(s) that provide family support to families/parents/caregivers of infants who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HoH). This organization will support the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program’s goal to improve family engagement, partnership, and leadership within the program and statewide EHDI system.

The Request for Proposal is available in electronic format on the State Contracting Portal at http://das.ct.gov/cr1.aspx?page=12 or on the Department’s website at www.ct.gov/dph/rfp. A printed copy of the RFP can be obtained from the Official Contact upon request:

Name:       Amy Mirizzi

Address:  410 Capitol Avenue, P.O. Box 340308, MS# 11 MAT, Hartford, CT 06134

Phone:     860-509-8175  Fax: 860-509-8132    E-Mail:  DPH.EHDI@ct.gov

 Deadline for submission of proposals is March 3, 2017.

This information can be shared widely.