American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, (IDEA) Part C. IDEA Part C ARRA Goals. Maximize short-tem investment with lasting results for kids Minimize unsustainable ongoing commitments Drive long-term program improvement and capacity.
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Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, (IDEA) Part C
A project team consisting of 3 Local Early Steps staff and 3 Early Steps State (LES) Office (ESSO) staff, lead by the ESSO Budget Manager collected over 80 ideas around the state for spending ARRA funds and developed a spending plan outline.
Although the ARRA funds are non-recurring and not intended to be used for direct services, Florida has carved out ARRA funds to put in Local Early Steps contracts to ensure the continuity of the IDEA entitlement to eligible children. Many other states are having to do the same. Without the ARRA funding Florida cannot assure that we can meet the IDEA Part C entitlement.
LOCAL EARLY STEPS PROGRAM ENHANCEMENT GRANTS - LES will be given the opportunity to apply for enhancement grants to accomplish local goals in at least the following areas:
Procure a study for analyzing 3rd party billing and collection practices in LES for recommendations and feasibility of hiring 3rd party billing and collection staff either in each LES or for statewide coverage to maximize use of 3rd party payers. Include analysis of potential to fund additional SC FTE by increasing Medicaid revenues with rigorous TCM billing.
The ESSO will be further refining plans and implementation strategies over the next couple of week. The ideas presented here are subject to change as further planning proceeds.
The U.S. Department of Education has a comprehensive web page with information on the Education Department ARRA funds