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12/13/2006 12:00:00 AM


Subject: Early Intervention Update


 For further information, contact: Judi Gerson, Vice President, Policy & Program Services

Following is information from the NYS Early Intervention Coordinating Council (EICC) meeting held on Wednesday, December 6, 2006:

  • Marketing Standards - DOH has developed marketing standards for Early Intervention providers. The guidelines will address advertising, free screenings, gifts, print materials, etc. They are expected to be issued shortly with an effective date of April 2007.
  • Health & Safety Standards - DOH is also in the process of developing a set of health & safety standards that will apply to all EI providers.
  • Provider Approval / Re-approval - DOH will be convening a Task Force of EICC Members to develop procedures and criteria for provider approval and re-approval.
  • NEIS data system - The NEIS data system (to replace KIDS) is expected to be ready for implementation by August 2008. In addition to use by the state and counties, the system is being designed so that information can be entered by evaluators and providers, authorizations can be received, and billing can be done electronically. A pilot test of the system by providers is scheduled for Spring 2008.  

·        External Evaluations - A guidance document is being drafted to assist evaluators and EIO's in the appropriate use of evaluations / diagnoses completed by independent professionals, not approved under the EI system.

  • RFP for Monitoring Contract - DOH has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP # 0509300249) to solicit bids for the monitoring of EI Providers (current contract with IPRO will be expiring) for the 5 year period Aug. 1, 2007 through July 31 2012. The RFP is available online at A bidder's conference call is scheduled for January 25, 2007 and the RFP due date is March 14, 2007.
  • COLA – According to DOH, the implementation of the COLA included in the 2006-2007 state budget, calculated to be 2.8 % for the EI Program, is still pending approval of the Medicaid State Plan amendment submitted to the Federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service (CMS). Apparently, CMS has raised questions regarding Medicaid payments for some EI services, including service coordination and special instruction. DOH is in process of developing a response to these questions.

·        Provider Monitoring - The current provider monitoring process is being expanded this year to include personnel under "sub-contract" with another approved and contracted provider. 

·        Brad Hutton has been appointed as the new Director of the Bureau of Early Intervention. Brenda Knudson-Chouffi has been appointed as the Assistant Director.

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