Service Description

Service Description: Service coordination services carried out by a Service Coordinator to assist and enable an eligible child and the child's family to receive the rights, procedural safeguards, and services that are authorized to be provided through the State's Early Intervention program. The responsibilities of a Service Coordinator include, but are not limited to:

  1. Contact with the Early intervention enrolled child/family at least one time per month;
  2. Coordinating the activities for implementation of the service plan;
  3. Coordinating the performance of initial & annual evaluations/assessments;
  4. Facilitating and participating in the development, review and evaluation of the Service Plan. This includes Service Plan updates, six (6) month reviews and the annual evaluation of the Service Plan;
  5. Assisting families in identifying credentialed/enrolled/available service providers;
  6. Coordinating and monitoring the delivery of services identified in the child's Service Plan;
  7. Informing families of their rights and the availability of advocacy services;
  8. Helping families to access other needed services such as WIC, housing, etc;
  9. Coordinating with medical and health providers, including requests for medical records and other medical documentation from physicians, hospitals, nurses, etc.
  10. Facilitating the development and implementation of a transition plan to preschool or other services, if appropriate; and
  11. Maintenance of the child's comprehensive permanent record at the Child and Family Connections office. Maintenance includes:
    • Evaluation/Assessment and six month summary reports from all providers who participate as a member of each child's service team;
    • Notes on the progress of the child's transition plan implementation which is to begin at age two (2) years, six (6) months.
    • Service Plan updates; and
    • Any other documentation required to keep the child's permanent record updated.
  12. Other services identified in the CFC Procedure Manual under the Section Overview of Child and Family Connections.

SERVICE COORDINATION - cont.

Service coordinators do not provide evaluation/assessment services to determine a child's eligibility for services, but are integral members of the service team. Services must be consistent with the provider's qualifications.

Service Coordinators are required to follow written procedures that are outlined in the "Child and Family Connections Procedure Manual" and to implement policy as set forth by the DHS - Bureau of Early Intervention.

Qualified Staff: System enrolled individual credentialed as a Service Coordinator. (See ATTACHMENT 5: REQUIREMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL AND ASSOCIATE LEVEL EARLY INTERVENTION CREDENTIALING AND ENROLLMENT TO BILL.)

Effective 8/31/00: Service Coordination services are provided by service coordinators who are employed by a Child and Family Connections office. Services are funded by contracts to the Child and Family Connection offices and are not billed fee-for-service.

NOTE: There is no Associate level service coordination credential. The credentialed/enrolled service coordinator is responsible for personally providing services to a child/family.