|Susan Ord, Part C Coordinator
Baby Watch Early Intervention
State Dept. of Health
PO Box 144720
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4720
|Overview of Part C Services
||The Lead Agency is the State Department of Health and they contract with 15 private and public contractors for the delivery of local services throughout the state. Public contrators include local school districts and local public health deptartments. All services are IFSP driven and provided in natural environments. The child find system is based on an interagency agreement with the State Office of Education.
|Public Awareness and Child Find Activities
- Statewide newborn universal hearing screening system.
- They are currently developing an interagency agreement with Head Start and also collaborate with Early Head Start.
- Information on the EI program is included in the state Medicaid Client Newsletter, including a coupon for "free developmental screenings".
- Screenings have been built into the Health Department MCH clinic, and a physician outreach model has been established in the St. George area. In this model, screening clinics are held in the family physician/pediatrician's office and are available to all children on the physician's caseload.
|Public Awareness and Child Find Activities believed to be most effective
- Local activities beyond what the state does has been implemented in two areas that have increased the identification of Native American children. Co-locating services with other human services has been beneficial.
|Concerns regarding finding more children
- Finding more children to receive services does not generate increases in federal dollars. Utah's population is skewed to have a disproportionately higher number of young children, but this is not taken into account when federal funds are distributed.
|Resources received from the State