August 19, 2003

In this Issue:

1. Maternal and Child Health Bureau to Sponsor Discussion of EPSDT Experiences and Recommendations for Improvement

Source: MCH Alert - August 15, 2003

On September 10, 2003 the Maternal and Child Health Bureau will sponsor a Webcast discussion, titled Enhancing Partnerships Between Title V, Medicaid, and Local Health Departments Through EPSDT. The discussion will feature multiple presenters from federal, state and local agencies and will focus on experiences and recommendations for improving Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment program (EPSDT) rates through state and local partnerships. The Webcast will combine video/audio broadcasting with PowerPoint slides and participants will be able to ask the presenters questions. The Webcast requires prior online registration. The agenda and information on how to register are available at An archived version will be available a week following the live event.

[Originally published in MCHAlert 2003 National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health and Georgetown University. Reprinted with permission.]

2. Notice Inviting Applications - National Institute on Disability & Rehabilitation Research: Assistive Technology Act Technical Assistance Program

Source: Federal Register: August 14, 2003 [CFDA# 84.224B]

Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Assistive Technology (AT) Act Data Collection Project is to provide technical assistance (TA) to the Assistive Technology (AT) Act State Grant Program Grantees & to the Protection & Advocacy Grantees (P&A). The authority for the Secretary to fund TA projects is contained in section 104 of the Assistive Technology Act of 1998 (AT Act). For FY 2003 the competition for a new award focuses on a project designed to meet the priority we describe in the Priority section of this application notice. We intend this priority to improve data collection activities of the State AT projects and the P&A projects funded under the AT Act that serve individuals with disabilities.

Eligible Applicants: Parties eligible to apply for grants under this program are States, public, or private agencies, including for-profit agencies.
Applications Available: August 14, 2003.
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 15, 2003.
Estimated Available Funds: $428,000.
Maximum Award: $428,000 for year 1 & $300,000 each year for years 2 & 3.
Estimated Number of Awards: 1.

Additional information is available online at:

3. State Preschool Budgets Cut in Wake of Unprecedented Budget Crises

Source: - July 2003

Nearly half of 18 polled states cut state preschool programs in state FY '04 budgets, with the remaining half funding the programs only at previous year levels, said a leading early education policy expert. A poll taken by the National Institute for Early Education Research, a national early education think tank in New Brunswick, NJ, looked at the status of state preschool programs in the face of unprecedented state budget crises. To read the full report go to

4. Federal Interagency Coordinating Council (FICC); Notice of a public meeting [OSERS]

Source: Federal Register: August 19, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 160)

SUMMARY: This notice describes the schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council (FICC). Notice of this meeting is intended to inform members of the general public of their opportunity to attend the meeting. The FICC will engage in policy discussions related to health services for young children with disabilities and their families. The meeting will be open and accessible to the general public.

DATE AND TIME: FICC Meeting: Thursday, September 18, 2003 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ADDRESSES: American Institutes for Research, 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW, Conference Rooms B & C, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20007.