House Bill 483 of the 131st General Assembly transferred responsibility for implementing the Early Intervention services program from the Ohio Department of Health to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and charged the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities with adopting rules necessary to implement the program.  The first of new rules to be developed, 5123:2-10-01 (Early Intervention Services - System of Payments) went into effect in 2017.  Department staff have continued to work with system stakeholders since that time to develop three additional new rules:

  • Rule 5123-10-02 (Early Intervention Services - Procedural Safeguards) sets forth procedural safeguards in the Early Intervention system, including the provisions of parental consent and notice; retention, confidentiality, access to, and amendment of records; and dispute resolution. 
  • Rule 5123-10-03 (Early Intervention Services - Program) sets forth Early Intervention system requirements for eligibility, developmental screening, evaluation, assessment, individualized family service plan meetings and content, transition to preschool and other programs, service coordination, Early Intervention records, and exiting and transferring from the Early Intervention system.
  • Rule 5123-10-04 (Early Intervention Services - Credentials for Early Intervention Service Coordinators and Early Intervention Service Coordination Supervisors) establishes minimum qualifications through credentialing standards for Early Intervention Service Coordinators and Early Intervention Service Coordination Supervisors.  All persons working in these positions are required to hold the appropriate credential issued in accordance with the rule.

 

Additionally, the Department is proposing to rescind rule 5123:2-10-01 (Early Intervention Services - System of Payments) and adopt a new replacement rule of the same title numbered 5123-10-01.  The rule establishes a system to pay for activities and expenses that are reasonable and necessary for implementing Ohio's Early Intervention system for eligible children and their families.  The rule is being revised to change the rule number, align definitions and wording with that in the three new rules, clarify that "extraordinary medical expenses" does not include elective medical care, and eliminate the appendix to the rule (which will instead be Appendix C to new rule 5123-10-03). 

The rules and the related Business Impact Analysis form are available here

Please send your comments to the Common Sense Initiative Office at CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov and to Becky Philips at Becky.Phillips@dodd.ohio.gov by Friday, October 5.