The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) plans to distribute a 3% rate increase for Infant/Toddler Early Intervention services due to funding available as a result of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. Visit here to see the announcement.
OCDEL plans to use the combined federal funds (ARP Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C & Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) increase) to support a 3% rate increase across all rates for Infant/Toddler Early Intervention services. This will also allow all providers of Early Intervention services, including service coordination, to receive the 3% rate increase for services. OCDEL anticipates that the 3% rate increase will be supported by these two federal increases through March 2024. This 3% increase is time-limited and will end. The rates may return to previous state-set rates.
The 3% rate increase will be effective for dates of service as of July 1, 2021. There is an updated Early Intervention Fee Schedule, and OCDEL will update the rate tables in PROMISe to reflect the increased rates.
Special Instruction Vision and Special Instruction Hearing are included in the 3% rate increase. The 3% will be added to the Special Instruction Vision and Special Instruction Hearing current negotiated rates for fiscal year 2021–22.
Infant/Toddler Early Intervention Programs are responsible for monitoring providers to ensure contracted providers are submitting claims for eligible services that are delivered by qualified professionals. This responsibility includes confirming procedures are in place to ensure the appropriate use of funds that meet federal, state, and local requirements.
- OCDEL will coordinate the rate changes in the Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS)/PELICAN-EI.
- Infant/Toddler Early Intervention leadership shall utilize the enclosed Early Intervention Fee Schedule for services delivered in fiscal year 2021–22.
If you have any questions, you can contact the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Bureau of Early Intervention Services and Family Supports, or RCPA Director, Children’s Division Jim Sharp.