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 2, 2012; Tuesday February 5, 2013; and Wednesday, May 8, 2013. 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.
- Accountability Module Quiz
- Accountability and Funding
- FOS instructions
- Required Reading: Child Outcomes Policy and Procedure
- Required Reading: ESS Medicaid Billing and Service Grid
- Required Reading: Know Your Rights Parent Handbook
- Required Reading: Monitoring Process
- 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
- 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)
- Family Resource Connection at the NH State Library, resources and referral for child and family services and concerns
- Parent Information Center, helps parents support their children’s success in school and in life (see “special education” and “PIRC literacy resources”)
- MICE Program (Multi-sensory Intervention through Consultation and Education) a statewide program providing educational and developmental services to sensory (vision and hearing) impaired infants, ages birth to three years
- 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
- Early Education and Intervention Network of NH (eein), a statewide membership organization that promotes professional development of individuals serving young children with special needs, including the “Mentorship Program”
- 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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