Early ACCESS Council
The purpose of the Iowa Council for Early ACCESS (ICEA) is to advise and assist the lead agency working collaboratively with partnering agencies in the coordination, development and implementation of the policies that constitute the statewide system of early intervention services.
- Assist the lead agency in achieving the full participation, coordination, and cooperation of all appropriate public and private agencies in the state;
- Assist the lead and signatory agencies in the effective implementation of the statewide system by establishing a process that includes 1) seeking information from service providers, service coordinators, parents, and others about any federal, state or local policies that impede timely service delivery and 2) taking steps to ensure that any policy problems identified under paragraph (a) (3) (I) [CFR 303.650] are resolved;
- May advise appropriate agencies in Iowa with respect to the integration of services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and at-risk infants and toddlers and their families regardless of whether at-risk infants and toddlers are eligible for early intervention services in Iowa;
- Advise and assist the lead and partnering agencies in the development and implementation of the policies that constitute a statewide system;
- To the extent appropriate, assist the lead agency in the resolution of disputes;
- May advise and assist the lead and signatory agencies regarding the provision of appropriate services for children aged birth to five inclusive;
- Advise and assist the lead and signatory agencies in the identification of sources of fiscal and other support for services for early intervention programs under this part;
- Advise and assist the lead and signatory agencies in the assignment of financial responsibility to the appropriate agency;
- Advise and assist the lead and signatory agencies in the promotion of the interagency agreements under CFR 303.523;
- Advise and assist the lead and signatory agencies in the preparation of Part C applications and amendments to those applications;
- Advise and assist the state educational agency regarding the transition of toddlers with disabilities to services provided under Part B of the Act, to preschool and other appropriate services;
- Prepare an annual report to the Governor and to the Secretary on the status of early intervention services operated within the state for children eligible under Part C and their families and submit it to the Governor and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education by the date the Secretary establishes. Each annual report shall contain the information required by the Secretary for the year for which the report is made in accordance with federal guidelines.
These roles and responsibilites are established in the Council By-laws.