The Office of Early Childhood, Birth to Three System, and the CT Department of Public Health have shared interests for improving families’ access to health and developmental supports. Recently, the ability to coordinate efforts was enhanced by a new Memorandum of Agreement.
Terms are specified for confidential, limited data sharing to improve Birth to Three Child Find for infants and toddlers meeting Birth to Three automatic eligibility due to diagnoses of:
- lead poisoning
- deaf or hard of hearing
- extreme prematurity, extreme low birth weight, and
- selected birth defects including Zika-related disorders
DPH tracking of these children will be enhanced by knowing when they connected to early intervention supports to optimize their development. PII is shared with parent consent.
Both agencies produce required data reports to federal offices under the terms of their grant awards, and to State elected officials and other stakeholders.