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Annual Assessment and Redetermination of Eligibility Guidance during the COVID-19 State of Emergency

This document provides guidance on how to complete the annual assessment and redetermination of eligibility (where applicable) during the state of emergency. 

Collaboration between Early Intervention and Early Head Start Guidance Document

This document describes ways that EI and Early Head Start (EHS) programs can support one another’s work and how EHS services should be documented on a child’s IFSP.

Determining Eligibility: a Step by Step Process

This document walks users through each part of the EI eligibility process.

DODD-Approved Tools List

This document lists the DODD-approved tools for developmental screening, developmental evaluation, and the family-directed assessment.

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" document 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. 

Early Intervention Service Delivery

This document provides an overview of the different team members’ roles and responsibilities and the activities that need to occur around service delivery.

Identification of a Parent in Early Intervention Flowchart

This flowchart identifies the steps service coordinators should take to determine who meets the definition of "parent" in Early Intervention.

Informed Clinical Opinion (ICO)

This 2012 paper from the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (now ECTA Center) explains the meaning of ICO in the context of Part C and describes how ICO is used in determining EI eligibility.

MyLearning Instructions

Ohio Early Intervention Assistive Technology Guidelines

This document describes assistive technology in EI and provides guidelines IFSP teams should use when determining whether assistive technology is needed to meet a child's IFSP outcome.

Ohio IFSP Guidance Document

This document provides section-by-section guidance for Service Coordinators and Service Providers in completing Ohio's Individualized Family Service Plan form.

Parents and Parental Consent in Early Intervention

This document explains the definition of parent in Early Intervention, the steps needed to try to locate a child’s biological or adoptive parent, and some common situations involving parental consent.

Prior Written Notice in Early Intervention

This guidance document provides an overview of prior written notice in EI, when it is necessary, and form-specific guidelines.

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 process based on whether the family has access to video technology. 

Role of the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant - FAQ

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OHMAS), have a contract with the Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) consultant’s employing agency for consultative services. This document explains the activities covered within the contract.

Transition Guidance

Steps for a Successful Transition explains state and federal requirements around children transitioning at age three. The What It Does and Does Not Look Like document lays out the best practices for a high quality transition. The Transition Timeline Checklist is a helpful aid to ensure that the various transition requirements are completed timely. Finally, the COVID-19 Transition Guidance provides guidance and tips for completing transition under the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using Assistive Technology in Activities and Routines - Introduction July 14, 2020 Frequently Asked Questions 2-18-2021