UPCOMING EVENTS

Building Relationships With Your Elected Officials

with Roxy Ortiz
Thursday March 11, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | Virtual ZOOM Event

This workshop is an introduction on how to begin building a relationship with your representative and why it is important. We will also discuss how to develop personal stories and deliver them at meaningful times.

Roxy Ortiz has been with the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center for sixteen years. Roxy holds a Master of Science in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. She is currently the supervisor of the Information and Training Unit and has been a frequent trainer in legislative advocacy leading delegations to our State Capitol for over fifteen years.

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Stacey LandbergLIVE Coach2Coach Event

with Stacey Landberg, M.S., CCC-SLP
Friday, March 19, 2021 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm (note: now 1.5 hours)

Researchers and experts in the field of early intervention repeatedly find that most early interventionists do not have specific training and knowledge related to best practice patterns for the provision of family-centered services as mandated by Part C of IDEA. These workshops describe and present evidence and demonstrations for using best practices in early intervention, more specifically: using everyday activities and routines as a context for family-centered early intervention. Participants gain an understanding of how to implement coaching strategies and routines-based practices into their virtual and in-person home-visits through video modeling of real home-visits, reflection, and problem solving.

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Sleep Intervention: Advanced Information

with Courtney Palm, LMFT
Friday, March 26 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

We will go in-depth into advanced information about sleep interventions for young children, age birth to three. This event is different from the February 26th event and attendance at that previous event is not required.
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Dad Baby MomIDA Saturday Morning LISTEN!

The 4th Saturday of each month
Saturday, March 27, 2021 | 9:30am – 10:30am
ZOOM Event

Wake up with Infant Development Association. Join us with your favorite morning drink and treat on the fourth Saturday of the month to connect on issues of interest to our early intervention community. IDA wants this to be an opportunity for you to talk about your insights, ideas, and adaptations made personally and professionally.

A relationship-based approach is critical to our children and families. All of us need to develop relationships, and IDA Saturday Morning LISTEN is for all our early intervention professionals and caregivers. Join us – we look forward to meeting you.

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Mom and ToddlerBest Practices in Serving Toddlers in Dual Language and Culturally Diverse Contexts

with Katrina Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP
Friday, April 9 | 12:30pm – 2:00pm | Virtual Event

This event will cover: Different kinds of dual language learning; Early language development of monolingual and bilingual toddlers; Language difference vs delay/disorder; and Differences in culturally-based beliefs, values, and attitudes about caretaking of toddlers with regard to service delivery considerations. (photo by Tuấn Kiệt Jr. from Pexels)

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Stacey LandbergLIVE Coach2Coach Event

with Stacey Landberg, M.S., CCC-SLP
Friday, April 16, 2021 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm (note: now 1.5 hours)

Researchers and experts in the field of early intervention repeatedly find that most early interventionists do not have specific training and knowledge related to best practice patterns for the provision of family-centered services as mandated by Part C of IDEA. These workshops describe and present evidence and demonstrations for using best practices in early intervention, more specifically: using everyday activities and routines as a context for family-centered early intervention. Participants gain an understanding of how to implement coaching strategies and routines-based practices into their virtual and in-person home-visits through video modeling of real home-visits, reflection, and problem solving.

More Information | Register Today | 6 Month Subscriptions


Dad Baby MomIDA Saturday Morning LISTEN!

The 4th Saturday of each month
Saturday, April 24, 2021 | 9:30am – 10:30am
ZOOM Event

Wake up with Infant Development Association. Join us with your favorite morning drink and treat on the fourth Saturday of the month to connect on issues of interest to our early intervention community. IDA wants this to be an opportunity for you to talk about your insights, ideas, and adaptations made personally and professionally.

A relationship-based approach is critical to our children and families. All of us need to develop relationships, and IDA Saturday Morning LISTEN is for all our early intervention professionals and caregivers. Join us – we look forward to meeting you.

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First Virtual Vivian Weinstein Leadership Day

Monday, May 3, 2021 | Virtual Conference
8:30am - 4:30pm
Early Bird Registration Opens Soon

Schedule Subject to Change

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Stacey LandbergLIVE Coach2Coach Event

with Stacey Landberg, M.S., CCC-SLP
Friday, May 14, 2021 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm (note: now 1.5 hours)

Researchers and experts in the field of early intervention repeatedly find that most early interventionists do not have specific training and knowledge related to best practice patterns for the provision of family-centered services as mandated by Part C of IDEA. These workshops describe and present evidence and demonstrations for using best practices in early intervention, more specifically: using everyday activities and routines as a context for family-centered early intervention. Participants gain an understanding of how to implement coaching strategies and routines-based practices into their virtual and in-person home-visits through video modeling of real home-visits, reflection, and problem solving.

More Information | Register Today | 6 Month Subscriptions


Stacey LandbergLIVE Coach2Coach Event

with Stacey Landberg, M.S., CCC-SLP
Friday, June 18, 2021 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm (note: now 1.5 hours)

Researchers and experts in the field of early intervention repeatedly find that most early interventionists do not have specific training and knowledge related to best practice patterns for the provision of family-centered services as mandated by Part C of IDEA. These workshops describe and present evidence and demonstrations for using best practices in early intervention, more specifically: using everyday activities and routines as a context for family-centered early intervention. Participants gain an understanding of how to implement coaching strategies and routines-based practices into their virtual and in-person home-visits through video modeling of real home-visits, reflection, and problem solving.

More Information | Register Today | 6 Month Subscriptions


PUBLIC POLICY

Capital

CA Senate Budget Committee #3 Hearing

Tuesday, February 22, 2021- 1: 30PM and related Policy Activities

Posted 2.23.21
Budget Agenda topics: related to the Department of Developmental Services proposed CA. budget - Navigators $5.3M,Vaccine prioritization, Challenges during COVID-lessons learned, wages for direct support professionals- Minimum wage issues, and strengthening service coordination at regional centers- increase # of service coordinators. Relevant to Early Intervention programs - elimination of the suspension end date of rate adjustments. This impacts 805 and 116 service codes directly.
 
TO VIEW THE HEARING LIVE -  LIVESTREAM LINK: https://www.senate.ca.gov/calendar

  • Step 1: Scroll down to "Committee Hearings"
  • Step 2: Scroll down to "Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services"
  •  Step 3: Click on "Watch Hearing" for livestream video or "Listen" if you want audio only

Note: to make public comments please see below to make public comments by phone.

TO LISTEN ONLY - CALL-IN LINE - To listen only, but NOT testify, for this hearing in Room 3191:
Call-In Listen ONLY Line: 1-888-808-6929 Access Code: 7362833.  [listen only]
 
TO MAKE PUBLIC COMMENT BY PHONE (AND LISTEN TO HEARING)
PHONE NUMBER - TO LISTEN & TO MAKE COMMENTS: 844-291-6364
PHONE NUMBER - ACCESS CODE: 1417609

Upcoming Meetings and Policy Events:

2/26/21- IDA's Early Intervention Temperature Survey due
       
If you are providing Early Intervention services in CA, please take a moment to complete.

Early Intervention Policy Update Group available as part of IDA Listens, 2/27/21
Register Here

3/2-3/3 - CA Part C and Part B meeting notice more info

3/3/21 - CA. Advisory Vaccine Committee, 3-6:00PM more info

Save the date: "Building Relationships with Your Elected Officials" with Roxy Ortiz, Thursday March 11th- 1:00-2:30PM  
Register Here

Fran Chasen and Annie Cox,
IDA Policy Co-Chairs


Important Updates for Early Intervention

Posted: February 4, 2021
Good news for 805,116,520 Program codes:
Rate adjustments approved by the Federal Government as indicated in AB79 link here through 12/21.

  • Service Code 805: Infant Development Programs; 8.2% rate increase
  • Service Code 116: Early Start Specialized Therapeutic Services; 5% rate increase
  • Service Code 520: Independent Living Programs; 8.2% rate increase

In the January Governor's proposed budget is the continuation of these and other rate adjustments through December 2022.

CA Early Start - Child Find and Referrals: Message from the Department of Developmental Services click here for message

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Updates on COVID, Surveys to Complete

Posted 12.22.2020

IDA is following up with its June survey with this " Taking a Temperature of the EI field". Our goal is to collect some data about how providers and the families we are serving are faring during this challenging period of Covid-19.

Please take a moment to complete the short survey. SURVEY 

We will be sharing this information with legislators, collaborators, related departments , etc. We see this as an opportunity to have the voices of Early Intervention heard in the places where decisions are being made and to foster communication in our field.

In January IDA will be hosting a series of virtual focus groups for EI providers to address their concerns, challenges and successes.
Thank you for your answers, your feedback is important to us.

Congressional leaders more info Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19 | USAGov announced a bipartisan, bicameral COVID relief and omnibus appropriations deal. The deal includes $1.4 trillion to fund the federal government through the end of fiscal year 2021 and $900 billion for COVID relief.

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Before 2020 Leaves - Here are a few more EI items

Posted 12.14.2020

Available to EI Families and Programs in need of PPE equipment? Contact your local Regional Center for masks (Children sizes), sanitizer, etc.

Report: If a child, family member on your caseload, staff identifies as positive please contact the Service Coordinator. DDS is keeping track of these statistics in addition to the local Department of Health.

Addressing Early Start Child Find and Referrals:
The Department of Developmental Services has developed a new pathway brochure for families to assist accessing Early Start. They have also released a revised Early Start Healthcare Provider Brochure. click here

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DDS releases additional extension Directives and Monthly Rates and Applicable Services for Alternative Non-Residential, etc.

Posted: 12.4.2020

New Directives from the Department of Developmental Services have been released

The December 1 extensions on Waiver on Half Day Billing, Early Start Services, Req. Waived due to COVID-19 and Additional Guidance - CA Department of Developmental Services

We have heard that the rates are to be released shortly to the Regional Centers directly and then to providers. Alternative Services rate is projected to begin on January 1, 2021. Details in December 2 Directive. See above DDS Directive link.

Do not forget the Self Advocate and Family survey - Due 12/18 - Self-Advocate and Family Survey (surveymonkey.com) Please share with your families - in a variety of languages.

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