The Welcome to Early Supports & Services (ESS) orientation provides the basic information needed to be a service coordinator in the NH Part C of IDEA program in NH known as "Family Centered Early Supports and Services". It also introduces the participant to the concepts upon which the ESS program is based: family centeredness, the provision of services in natural environments, eligibility determination, the IFSP development process, and the transition process out of ESS when the child turns 3 years of age. Completion of orientation is required for all ESS Service Providers, ESS Service Coordinators, and AA ESS Intake Coordinators. Other interested persons including family members and students are invited to participate if they would like.
In order to satisfactorily complete the orientation, the participants must:
- Complete each of the modules and their quiz listed below prior to the orientation.
- Ask their supervisor to sign-off on the "Supervisor Sign-Off" sheet attached below. The "Supervisor Sign-Off" sheet must be forwarded to the orientation coordinator prior to the orientation day to assure that the participant will receive a completion certificate. A completion certificate will be provided upon completion of an evaluation survey sent electronically following the session.
- Attend the entire 1 day Orientation Session.
The orientation is just one day and scheduled for the following dates: Tuesday, October 7, 2014; Thursday, January 29, 2015; Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (snow date for January 29th); and Thursday, May 7, 2015. To register, please contact the Orientation Coordinator: Pam Miller Sallet.
- History - Chapter 1
- History - Chapter 2
- History Module Quiz
- Required Reading: ESS Vision, Mission Statement, Strategic Goals -This document describes the vision upon which the program was developed, the mission, and strategic goals of the program.
- Monitoring Process
- Determination Process
- Accountability Module Quiz
- Accountability and Funding
- FOS instructions
- Program Self-Review 2013
- Required Reading: Child Outcomes Policy and Procedure
- Required Reading: ESS Medicaid Billing and Service Grid
- Required Reading: Know Your Rights Parent Handbook
- Know Your Rights Handbook (Spanish Version)
- Eligibility Determination Process
- Eligibility Module Quiz
- Required Reading: Informed Clinical Opinion -This document describes the way informed clinical opinion is used in the ESS program.
- Required Reading: FCESS Eligibility Categories
Family Centered Services
- Welcome to Transition
- Blue Book Insert
- Transition Potentially Eligible
- Required Reading: Blue Book Guide
- Transition Module Quiz
- Early Childhood Transition
- Know Your Rights Parent Handbook Information Sheet This document is used to assist service coordinators to help parents to understand their rights.
- He-M 510 Family Centered Early Supports and Services
- He-M203 Complaint Resolution Procedures for Family Centered Early Supports and Services
- ESS Vision, Mission Statement, Strategic Goals This document describes the vision upon which the program was developed, the mission, and strategic goals of the program.
- How do all of the pieces of the Family-Centered Early Supports and Services program fit together? This document describes the time lines and requirements related to the provision of ESS.
- Recommended Practices This document describes the model of service provision used in the ESS program.
- ESS Medicaid Billing and Service Grid
- Promising Practices for Early Supports and Services Parents Regarding Early Childhood Transitions This document was developed by families to assist other families in preparing for their child's transition from ESS into preschool special education.
- Family Centered Early Supports and Services Program Directory -This document contains contact information for Area Agencies and ESS programs who provide services to ESS families and their children
- Maneuvering Through the Maze
- Child Outcomes Measurement Training Module
- IFSP Development
- Model IFSP
Programs and Agencies Providing Statewide Services
- NH Family Voices, a statewide family to family health support organization, (see "Maneuvering Through the Maze" under publications for an extensive list of resources)
- Parent Information Center, helps parents support their children’s success in school and in life (see "special education" and "PIRC literacy resources")
- Special Medical Services, a statewide program providing supports and services to children with special health care needs, including feeding/swallowing/nutrition services, child developmental evaluation clinics, neuro-motor clinics
- NH Child Care Resource and Referral Network, a statewide organization that promotes the quality and availability of child care for NH families
- NH Association of Infant Mental Health, a statewide organization that disseminates information and provides education about research and evidence-informed practices to strengthen collaborative efforts in support of families with infants and young children
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