State Health Dept. asks for input on infant program

The Babies Can't Wait (BCW) Program is Georgia’s statewide early intervention system for infants and toddlers with special needs, ages birth to three, and their families. The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Division of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency for administration of the BCW system.

As required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C section 34 CFR §§303.110-303.113, “the State must publish its Part C application or policy in a manner that will ensure circulation throughout the State at least 60-days prior to the date on which the application or policy is submitted and allow an opportunity for public comments on the application or policy for at least 30 days during that 60-day publication period.

In order to meet this requirement, BCW invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public comment period for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2010 Annual State Application under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) from March 10, 2010 to May 10, 2010. The public may review the revised policies online (http://health.state.ga.us) or at locations throughout the state and comment in four ways:

(1) Written comments will be received until May 10, 2010: Babies Can't Wait and send to 2 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 11-112 Atlanta, GA 30303-3186;

(2) Email comments will be received until May 10, 2010: chbolds@dhr.state.ga.us

(3) Facsimile comments will be received until May 10, 2010: State BCW Office Fax: (404-657-2763)

(4) In Person verbal comments at a Public Hearing

DCH invites interested persons to attend Public Hearings and present public comments. To allow an opportunity for all to be heard, comments will be limited to five minutes.

More information about Georgia’s BCW early intervention program is available at (http://health.state.ga.us/programs/bcw).