Originally published Sep 19, 2011
The Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) Program is Georgia’s statewide early intervention system for infants and toddlers with special needs, aged birth to three, and their families. As required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), before a change in policy is submitted for approval to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the public must have an opportunity to comment on the proposed change(s). The time period for public comment is 60 days from the release of the information to the public, and public comment hearings are usually held 30 days from the release of the information. Georgia’s BCW Program will hold its public comment period from August 29, 2011 to October 29, 2011.
The opportunity for public comment provides a forum for major stakeholders in the program to have input into the processes that affect the families and communities they serve. This year, Georgia’s BCW Program is reviewing its fiscal policies, which define how services are funded, the hierarchy for Part C early intervention services, access and utilization of Early Intervention Services Funds (EISF), and assure payor of last resort. In the past, public comments have helped revise service coordination and evaluation and assessment policies. As a result, changes have been implemented to better meet the needs of families BCW serves.
The public can send their comments to the BCW Program Manager via mail, e-mail, or fax, or they can attend a public comment hearing. All comments will be received until October 29, 2011. Please send all written requests to:
Chase Bolds, Program Manager
Babies Can’t Wait
2 Peachtree Street NW, #11-222
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3186
Fax: (404) 657-2763
Public comment hearings are scheduled September 21 – October 4, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at various public health districts around the state: