Infant & Toddler
Connection of Virginia
MONTHLY UPDATE
NOVEMBER 2020
WE NEED YOUR INPUT
What is the Part C Update?
This monthly email newsletter is one way the Part C Office shares information directly with local systems, providers in the field and interested stakeholders. We are excited to offer new features and would love to have your feedback. What would you like to see included in YOUR Monthly Update? Please share your ideas so we can best meet your needs.
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A WORD OF APPRECIATION FROM CATHERINE HANCOCK, PART C ADMINISTRATOR

The COVID-19 pandemic has gone on far longer than ever expected. What you have done and continue to do is amazing!...READ MORE
We’d love to hear your stories of support, teaming and showing thanks to your work family!
RICHARD CORBETT DISCUSSES DETERMINATIONS
What are—and what’s up with—“determinations”?

Passengers rate airlines, diners rate restaurants, shoppers rate customer service, educators rate students…. Let’s face it: Every single thing in our lives is likely being evaluated, measured, scored and reported to someone, somewhere. Everything gets a grade—so it should come as no surprise that early intervention systems receive grades, too!
STATE SYSTEMIC IMPROVEMENT PLAN (SSIP)

THE SSIP GROUPS CONTINUE THEIR WORK AND WILL HAVE NEW UPDATES NEXT MONTH. LAST MONTHS UPDATE IS INCLUDED HERE JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT.
FEATURED RESOURCE
PARENT EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY TRAINING CENTER
The Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center builds positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Our special focus is children with disabilities. We do this by providing:
  • Services and support for families and professionals;
  • Easy-to-understand, research-based information and training; and
  • Opportunities for strategic partnerships and advocacy for systemic improvement.

PEATC has several upcoming events for early childhood.
Topics include Child Care Resources, What is Early Intervention and Learning about your Child's Reading Development. Please share the flyers with the families you serve.

TELE-INTERVENTION NEW RESOURCES!!

On this page, you will find resources specific to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on early intervention programs, staff, and families across Virginia and the United States. Information about COVID-19, tele-intervention or telehealth, and other guidance will be updated on a regular basis so please bookmark this page and check back often.

Just a couple of new resources include:
PURPOSE OF ACTIVITY: This activity is designed to orient new staff to tele-intervention, or providing early intervention services using video conferencing technology. It can also be used with current staff who are new to tele-intervention. LEARN MORE
AND:
Integrated Training Collaborative and Infant & Toddler Connection of VA
These resource handouts highlight specific Division for Early Childhood (DEC) Recommended Practices and descriptions for how each can be implemented. The Families handout includes a second resource that provides an example of the natural learning opportunities caregivers can provide their child each week compared to the limited opportunities with an early intervention practitioner.
PET OF THE MONTH
Your home office likely includes a four-legged co-worker.
Let's see them hard at work!
Hey Dad, have I shredded this personal health information finely enough?

Meet MATILDA, an Australian Shepherd and a rescue, found flea bitten, tick ridden and buckshot all over.
Owner of David Mills,
Data Manager, Part C Office

Thank you David for giving this sweet girl a safe and loving home!
LEADING FROM THE MIDDLE
How many times have you gone out of your way to help someone in need?
This is a video where the protagonist demonstrates how small acts of kindness every day make genuine differences in the lives of others. A neglected plant gets a little extra water, an elderly lady gets a helping hand, and a needy child gets money for education. In return for his good deeds, he doesn’t get any materialistic rewards but the happiness is far more valuable.
This is often referred to as "servant leadership".

Robert Greenleaf, who coined the term "servant leadership" in modern society, defines servant leadership as the “care taken by the servant first to make sure that other people’s highest priority needs are being served” (Greenleaf, 2008). This man's actions not only defines servant leadership but illustrates the essence of great leadership, period. 

There’s another great quote by Robert K. Greenleaf, he wrote these famous words in his legendary essay "The Servant as Leader," published in 1970: “The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead. 

If I had to label the most defining characteristic of early interventionists, it is the selfless desire to help others... by nature, we are servant leaders!
QUESTION FROM THE FIELD
BEING DIFFERENT IS OKAY
Some EOB's clearly show co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance and others do not. If a family has a $192 family fee but on the EOB it lists a $30 co-pay, what amount is the family responsible for if services are provided two times per month? I honestly feel like I need an EOB training because some of them are easy to read and some are not.

You’re not alone, reading an EOB can be like maneuvering through a corn maze in the dark!  Read more...EOBs AND FAMILY FEE

Do you have a question? Many others are most likely wondering the same thing. Share you questions here.
Another touching Thai commercial, this time on the topic of family.

‘Silence of love’ shows the sacrifices a deaf-mute father makes for his daughter, despite facing numerous rejections from his teenage daughter who thinks her father doesn’t understand her.

MEDICAID ENROLLMENTS

If you have questions about enrollments for children with Medicaid please contact Keisha White at keisha.white@dbhds.virginia.gov.
EARLY INTERVENTION CERTIFICATION
Have issues with your username or password for Early Intervention Certification?
Please send requests for Early Intervention Certification login assistance to dbhdsproductionsupport@dbhds.virginia.gov

For questions about certification of practitioners, contact David Mills • 804-786-6593
For questions related to completing the online application, contact DBHDS Production Support@cov.virginia.gov 
Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia is part of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
1220 Bank Street, 9th Floor, P.O. Box 1797, Richmond, Virginia 23219-1797
Main Office: (804) 786-3710 • Main Fax: (804) 371-7959