Implementing an Integrated Child & Family Outcomes and IFSP/IEP Process

A. Full Implementation: Maintain and Improve Skills and Practices

In this step, State Leadership and Implementation Teams will ensure that activities such as training, supervision, coaching and mentoring are of high quality, are widely available to all practitioners, and are an ongoing part of Full Implementation. Plans are made during this step to orient and support new staff entering the system to effectively work within the integrated IFSP/IEP and outcomes measurement process. Plans are also made for the continued support and supervision of all implementers. The feedback loops that were active during Initial Implementation remain open and continue to be encouraged so that practitioners can provide their insights and experiences and receive support.

Activities:
  1. Create selection criteria for new staff that include the competencies that match the skills needed to implement the integrated IFSP/IEP and outcomes process.
  2. Conduct training for new staff to orient them to the integrated process and the practices expected in implementation of the integrated process.
  3. Determine the need for and frequency of refresher trainings and provide these trainings to all staff in need of support to continue implementing the integrated process successfully.
  4. Provide regular supervision, coaching and mentoring to staff regarding the practices in the integrated process.
  5. Continue to use feedback loops to gather information about practitioners’ experiences with the integrated approach. Ensure a process is in place to share results of feedback received (i.e. whether it resulted in change or not).

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