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DODD and Other State Agency Guidance

Annual Assessment COVID-19 Guidance Document
This document provides step-by-step instructions for local EI providers about how to complete the annual redetermination of eligibility and assessment using technology.

Annual Redetermination and Assessment during State of Emergency Flow Chart
This one-page chart gives a visual depiction of the required steps based on how the child was made eligible.

DODD COVID-19 webpage
DODD has a webpage dedicated to department communications and links to helpful resources for people with disabilities, their families, service providers, direct support professionals, county boards of developmental disabilities, and the community at large during the COVID19 crisis.

DODD Eligibility Guidance During COVID-19
This document explains how to complete the EI eligibility process during the state of emergency.

DODD Eligibility Guidance under COVID-19: Appendix 1
This “If-Then” documents summarizes the steps to determine eligibility during COVID-19 based on factors including family preference, child factors and the family’s access to video technology.

DODD Eligibility Guidance Under COVID-19: Appendix 2 | Eligibility Flowcharts
These flowcharts provide a visual of the steps required to determine eligibility during COVID-19 based on parent and child factors.

Early Intervention: COVID-19 Updated Guidelines (3/19/20)
This update includes answers to questions about assessment, evaluation, electronic signatures and other topics related to procedures during COVID-19.

EI Guidelines for COVID-19 (3/12/20)
This document includes DODD guidelines to support Early Intervention (EI) service providers in carrying out the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

EI Program Updates #2017, 7/10/2020
This update includes information about new guidance from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) related to written consent, the 45-Day timeline, and access to EI records

EI Program Updates (3/13/20)
This update includes answers to technology and program questions related to COVID-19.

EI Resource-Based Conversations Around COVID-19
This guidance provides information for the EISC agency on how to support families using resource based conversations. Rule 5123-10-02 (N) addresses 15 areas where an EISC is responsible for providing support to families with children in EI. The EISC should use these questions as prompts to help parents and caregivers make informed choices about when and what resources to access.

In-person Home Visit Guidance
Updated guidance for in-person EI activities in home and community settings (May 21, 2021)
This guidance consists of two components. The main guidance document includes mandatory guidelines and best practices for conducting an in-person home visit during the pandemic. A condensed visual representation of the guidance document is also available.

ODH COVID-19 Webpage
This is the Ohio Department of Health's dedicated webpage for guidance, resources, and statistics related to COVID-19. You can also access the most recent public health orders from ODH related to the virus.

Redetermination of Eligibility and Assessment during COVID-19
This document provides a quick summary of the situations where annual redetermination of eligibility is required and how to proceed based on whether the family has access to video technology.

Resource-Based Practices Look Like
This document contains examples of what resource based practices look like, and do not look like.

Tele-Health During a State of Emergency (Rule 5160-1-21)
This emergency rule is being implemented to expand access to medical and behavioral health services using telehealth. New and established patients may be provided services through telehealth per this rule. No initial face-to-face visit is necessary to initiate services through telehealth.

Tele-Intervention Guide for Administering and Documenting Evaluation Tools
This guide includes lists of materials that parents may have around the home that could be useful to assist the family with completion of the evaluation tasks. Each evaluation tool is broken down into materials needed for four different age ranges. Additionally, a short list of potential modifications to the materials needed for Newborn Behavioral Observations is included at the end of this document.

Other Guidance

ECTA Center Tele-Intervention and Distance Learning
ECTA has compiled information on tele-intervention and distance learning, including state guidance, technology and privacy, service delivery, activities for families at home and research on effectiveness.

FIPP (Family, Infant and Preschool Program)
This 20-minute video on using tele-intervention during this time of social distancing includes an overview of system requirements, how to plan a visit, the three parts of a virtual visit, and what conducting a tele-intervention visit looks like in action.

Getting Started with Tele-Health for Early Intervention Providers
This 41-minute video, produced by Colorado’s Early Intervention program is described by one viewer as a “crash course on implementing tele-health in Early Intervention.”

What to Expect During an Early Intervention Visit
This one-page learning aid summarizes the key components of coaching in EI.