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 IDEA Infant & Toddler Coordinators Association (ITCA)
Fiscal Technical Assistance Initiative
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.
Scope of Work
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.
Cohort One: Intermediate Level: A group of 8-10 state teams will participate in two, two-day learning academies designed to build skills, analysis, expertise, knowledge and relationships for system sustainability over time.
Cohort Two: Beginner/Novice Level: A series of 4 webinars over several months will be available to all states. The webinars will share information to support states in developing broader knowledge, capacity for analysis, within-state relationships, and articulating goals. Webinar topics include:
Overview of Part C Finance (January 14, 2014)
Public Insurance (March 5, 2014)
Private Insurance and Family Fees (June 11, 2014)
The Affordable Care Act and Impact on Part C (August 13, 2014)
The Fiscal Initiative involves collaboration with national, regional, and state partners as members of a planning team:
Maureen Greer, Executive Director, ITCA
Ron Benham, Part C Coordinator, MA and Co-Chair of the ITCA Finance Committee
Kim Wedel, Part C Coordinator, TX and Co-Chair of the ITCA Finance Committee
Anne Karasek, Education Program Specialist, OSEP (MSIP)
Janice Kane, Consultant, South East Regional Resource Center (SERRC)
Anne Lucas, Program Specialist, Western Regional Resource Center (WRRC) and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
Grace Kelley, Program Specialist, South East Regional Resource Center (SERRC)
Katy McCullough – Program Specialist, Mid-South Regional Resource Center (MSRRC) and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
Session 1: Part C Fiscal Overview
Date: January 14, 2014
Presenter: Kim Wedel, past president of ITCA and Texas Part C Coordinator