The ITCA Fiscal Initiative, in partnership with the ECTA Center and the RRCP hosted four webinars on Part C Finance in 2014. Part C Coordinators attending these events were encouraged to listen with a team so that they are building fiscal knowledge and capacity within their state. The development of the team can be the first step in becoming part of the ongoing intensive TA that will be supported through OSEP-funded TA opportunities.
The purpose of the ITCA Fiscal TA initiative is to assist state Part C coordinators and staff in the development and maintenance of high quality early intervention resources and supports for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families by increasing their financial knowledge and skills to support the state Part C early intervention system. The initiative emerged from the ITCA Board's long-standing focus on states' need for strategic support in the development of fiscal resources to support the intent of Congress related to an interagency system of funding. As specified in regulations, Part C funds are intended to "Facilitate the coordination of payment for early intervention services from Federal, State, local, and private sources (including public and private insurance coverage) [§303.1(b)]". This charge has been a challenge over the last number of years as federal resources have continued to shrink and states have been challenged to meet the increasing demand for resources.
The ITCA Fiscal Initiative addresses states’ needs by establishing two cohorts of participants, offering different supports to enhance Part C system fiscal knowledge and skills, with an on-going commitment to the effort beyond the first year.
The Fiscal Initiative involves collaboration with national, regional, and state partners as members of a planning team: