Early Intervention Provider Qualifications
RULE 12 CCR 2509-10
7.951 EARLY INTERVENTION PROVIDER QUALIFICATIONS
A. Early intervention services shall be provided by qualified providers who meet the state personnel standards for each early intervention service.
B. An early intervention provider shall maintain current and accurate documentation, including certifications, licensing, endorsements, and registrations and shall register, and update his or her information at least annually, in the statewide data system.
C. An early intervention provider shall complete all required training, as defined by the department.
PROCEDURES - Personnel Qualifications
A. The State assures a comprehensive system of personnel development that includes:
1. The training of paraprofessionals and primary referral sources with respect to the basic components of early intervention services;
2. Implementing innovative strategies and activities for the recruitment and retention of early intervention service providers;
3. Promoting the preparation and continuing education of providers who are fully and appropriately qualified to provide early intervention services;
4. Ensuring that qualifications and requirements for registration, licensing or certification in the various disciplines are included in the Early Intervention Colorado Personnel Standards and posted on the Early Intervention Colorado website. Specific information about the required level of undergraduate, graduate and the applicable endorsement sequence, credit hours and any other supervised experience that are necessary to meet the highest standard for licensure is available through appropriate regulatory bodies noted in the Personnel Standards;
5. Training personnel to coordinate transition services for infants and toddlers from early intervention services to preschool services under section 619 of Part B or other appropriate services if the child does not qualify for Part B services; and,
6. Disseminating information about required and optional training and technical assistance opportunities and activities to agencies and personnel in a variety of ways. Information is distributed electronically through a variety of e-mail group lists include statewide early childhood stakeholders. Training opportunities for parents and families are distributed through the Parent-to-Parent listserv, as well as through Community Centered Board Early Intervention Coordinators, service coordinators, and Local Interagency Coordinating Councils. Additionally, the Early Intervention Colorado website posts a calendar that includes upcoming early childhood activities, workshops and training events across agencies throughout the State.
B. If a Community Centered Board program administrator is unable to employ a professional who is properly licensed, certificated or endorsed, or in areas where there is a shortage of appropriate or adequately trained personnel, the administrator shall:
1. Make a good faith effort to hire the most qualified individuals available who are making satisfactory progress toward meeting state standards and are working under the supervision and direction of a person who meets the highest requirement for their profession or discipline; and,
a. Submit to the state Early Intervention Training and Personnel Development Coordinator a request for a temporary eligibility waiver for a non-credentialed professional that shall be reviewed annually by the Department to assure adequate progress toward meeting personnel standards; and,
b. Include the request that documents:
1) The reason the waiver is needed; and,
2) Current qualifications of the provider for whom a waiver is being requested; and,
3) Expected progress toward meeting personnel qualifications; and,
4) Specifics of the plan for supervision, including name of supervising qualified professional; and,
5) Vita and transcripts of the provider for whom the waiver is being requested, if appropriate.
3. Use paraprofessionals if the following occurs:
a. Ongoing supervision is provided by a qualified professional to assure that the paraprofessional understands the intervention plan and all procedures to be followed; and
b. When a paraprofessional is providing early intervention services:
1) The Individualized Family Service Plan strategies are developed by a qualified professional; and,
2) The qualified professional trains the paraprofessional to implement the plan; and,
3) The qualified professional provides supervision through ongoing and periodic discussions and face-to-face or videotaped observations at least monthly and in accordance with the guidelines of the affiliated professional organization, if appropriate; and,
4) All supervisors of Developmental Intervention Assistants must complete the department approved Developmental Intervention Supervisor Academy prior to assignment of supervisory responsibilities.
C. If a provider is utilizing telehealth as a method for the delivery of an early intervention service, the provider shall complete the department-required telehealth training.
Other Personnel Standards Documents
"Personnel Standards" (Appendix F)
"Database Instructions for Providers (companion to the Early Intervention Provider Database)"