Scope of Services

  1. Early Intervention System Training: In order to efficiently and effectively function within the EI system, EI Providers must share a common understanding of the system and how it serves eligible infants and toddlers. The EI Training Program will use Department-approved training curricula and will be responsible for updating training materials as needed, with the approval of the Department. Curricula may be provided, in whole or in part, through on-line training modules. EI Systems Training includes the following:
    1. Systems Overview Training (18 hours or the equivalent) in compliance with 325 ILCS 20/13.30(b) offered no less than twice per year in no fewer that 5 separate locations throughout the state (i.e., a minimum of 10 sessions of the training must be provided throughout the state). Each session could be composed of three, 6-hour training days or the equivalent.
    2. Parent Liaison and Service Coordinator training sessions to comply with the requirements in Administrative Code: Early Intervention, Section 500.60(f)(2), including the use of the EI management information system. The training modules must be offered as needed but with sufficient frequency to allow Parent Liaisons and Service Coordinators with temporary credentials to meet a 90-day training requirement.
    3. Evaluation/Assessment training to comply with Administrative Code: Early Intervention, Appendix C, Evaluation/Assessment. This one-day training module and may be included in the Systems Overview Training listed above.
    4. Social/Emotional training to support the social/emotional model of service delivery. A minimum of 10 sessions must be provided throughout the state.
  2. Early Intervention Pediatric-Specific Learning Experiences: With input from EI Providers, training topics will be identified and training sessions provided in support of the appropriate delivery of services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. The EI Training Program will identify, develop, or adapt curricula to address the identified priority topics and provide training sessions statewide. With approval from DHS, qualified subcontractors may provide curriculum development and instruction. Qualified EI Providers and educators with experience in the EI system should provide instruction.
    1. Training sessions on topics in birth-to-three evaluation and treatment of children with developmental disabilities and delays that cover topics within each of the disciplines of audiology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, and developmental therapy in compliance with 325 ILCS 20/13.30(a), approved by the Department, and offered no less than twice per year in no fewer than 5 separate locations throughout the state (i.e., a minimum of 10 sessions of the training must be provided throughout the state). An interdisciplinary approach to these training sessions may be taken. Courses should be taught by fully credentialed EI Providers or educators with substantial experience in evaluation and treatment of children from birth to age three with developmental disabilities and delays.
    2. Approximately 50 continuing professional education sessions held throughout the state on topics approved by the Department (including skill building for social/emotional model of service delivery).
  3. Education Requirement: The EI Training Program will coordinate efforts and provide direction and staff support to define compliance with the EI credential education requirement (89 IL Administrative Code 500.60(d)), identify gaps in learning, promote the preparation of college/university students to work in the EI system, and develop and provide educational opportunities. Educational opportunities must be offered for each of the four core knowledge areas. For each core knowledge area, an advanced and a basic educational strategy must be made available in such a way to allow participation from providers throughout the state (either electronically or by offering each training session at a minimum of one time in both northern and southern Illinois).
  4. Coordinated Training Support: In order to develop a "one-stop-shop" for EI training the EI Training Program must provide adequate support for the training sessions listed above.
    1. The EI Training Program will provide registration services, site arrangements, handout materials, and evaluation for each training session and will provide EI workshop certificates to training participants.
    2. Registration must be accepted via mail, fax, or Internet. Registration fees must be collected on selected training sessions, as determined by the Department. The EI Training Program must provide credit card processing.
    3. A database of training participants must be developed and maintained.
    4. The EI Training Program will provide information on training through a toll-free phone number(s), Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
  5. Public Awareness Efforts In order to maximize training resources available throughout the state, the EI Training Program will provide a coordinated approach to informing EI Providers of continuing professional education opportunities for EI Providers offered by public-, private- and state-funded entities.
    1. With Department approval, the EI Training Program will develop, publish and distribute a quarterly training newsletter.
    2. The EI Training Program will develop and maintain a Web site that includes a comprehensive, statewide calendar of EI training opportunities that are updated on a monthly basis; registration information; and additional information as requested by the Department.
  6. Training Needs Assessment: The EI Training Program shall report to the Department the results of a training needs assessment to document feedback on the quality and appropriateness of EI training and to identify training needs. The Department must approve the design of the needs assessment.
  7. Collaboration: The EI Training Program will collaborate with other entities (private, public, and state) on upcoming workshops. In addition, the EI Training Program will provide information from the database of training participants and other support to the EI credentialing office.
  8. Early Intervention Workshop Certificates: The EI Training Program shall review information about training sessions not offered by the EI Training Program and issue EI workshop certificates for training sessions that meet EI continuing professional education standards.
  9. Meeting Facilities for the Illinois Interagency Council on Early Intervention: To support the of the Illinois Interagency Council on Early Intervention, the EI Training Program will make site arrangements for bimonthly meetings, an annual two-day planning meeting, and a one-day training session for new members. Meeting facilities must include one large room with a capacity of a minimum of 80 people. The configuration of the seating must include tables and chairs set up in a large square to accommodate up to 30 people, with 50 chairs set up in a classroom style surrounding the square. The building, meeting room, and rest rooms must be handicapped accessible. Arrangements should include the ability to use four tabletop microphones, make PowerPoint presentations, provide water and coffee for participants, and bring lunch into the facility for purchase by council members.
  10. Administration of Bilingual Interpreter Proficiency Tests: The Illinois EI Training Program will provide the following functions to support the administration of proficiency tests to individuals enrolled/or requesting enrollment in the EI Program as bilingual interpreters: test scheduling through the Illinois Early Intervention Training Program's via web-based registration or a toll free phone number; testing site arrangements and scheduling of proctors; annually training of proctors; administration of Department-approved proficiency tests; submission of the tests to a Department-approved entity(s) for grading; and notification of interpreter/applicant and the EI credentialing office of the outcome of proficiency tests.
  11. Work Group Participation: The EI Training Program will participate, upon request, in work groups of the Illinois Interagency Council on Early Intervention that address issues related to training.
  12. Reporting
    1. In the first quarter of the fiscal year, the Vendor will submit a work plan and a line item budget in a format approved by the Department.
    2. The Vendor will submit a quarterly report in a format approved by the Department.