The Development of Statewide Policies and Procedures to Implement Telehealth for Part C Service Delivery

Beth Cole, Arlene Stredler-Brown, Becki Cohill, Kristina Blaiser, Diane Behl, Sharon Ringwalt

Abstract


The use of telehealth has been discussed nationally as an option to address provider shortages for children, birth through two, enrolled in Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Early Intervention (EI) programs. Telehealth is an evidence-based service delivery model which can be used to remove barriers in providing EI services to children and their families. In 2016, Colorado’s Part C Early Intervention (EI) program began allowing the use of telehealth as an option for providers to conduct sessions with children and their caregivers. This article outlines the process taken to develop the necessary requirements and supports for telehealth to be incorporated into EI current practice.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2016.6206

  

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