Montana Milestones Part C Early Intervention
Montana Milestones Part C Early Intervention Program
Montana Milestones is the Part C Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities, part of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The Mission of Early Intervention for Children with Disabilities:
Early intervention builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist family members and caregivers to enhance children’s learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.
Learn more about guidance and forms related to the Montana Milestones Part C Early Interventions.
Developmental screening is one step in determining if your child and family might benefit from early intervention supports and services.
Screening determines whether an infant or toddler is suspected of having a disability.
An evaluation is conducted if evidence of a disability is noted to determine if your child is eligible for Montana Milestones Part C Early Intervention supports and services.
Assessments are performed following eligibility to identify your child’s unique strengths and needs along with the services appropriate to meet those needs.
A family-directed assessment is conducted to identify the resources, priorities, concerns plus the supports necessary to enhance your family’s capacity to meet and enhance the developmental needs of your child.
Screening, evaluation, and assessments require parental notice and consent.
Screenings, Evaluations and assessments are provided free of charge.
Early intervention services and supports are provided under public supervision and in your family’s most natural environment to help you and your family support and promote your child’s development within your family activities and community life. Families with children who met the eligibility criteria established by Montana are entitled to a range of services defined under federal law.
Identified services and supports are offered at no charge to families. Montana Milestones Part C Early Intervention Program is mandated by Federal and State law and is funded through various state and federal sources.
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Supports and Services
Once a child is found eligible for Montana Part C Early Intervention, the family and the local early intervention provider’s team develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). This plan describes the outcomes the family wishes to achieve based upon the assessed needs and priorities of the child and family. Included within the IFSP are the services and supports the family will receive in the most natural environment along with the roles and responsibilities of all those involved in developing the plan.
What is a natural environment?
Consistent with Federal regulations for Part C, §303.26 and §303.126, early intervention services must be provided in settings that are natural or typical for same-aged infant or toddler without a disability to the maximum extent appropriate; and may be provided in other settings only when the services cannot be achieved satisfactorily in a natural environment. The IFSP team decides where each early intervention service will be provided based on the measurable results or measurable outcomes expected to be achieved by the child [§303.344(d)(1)(ii)(B)].
As a parent of a child with a disability, you have certain rights which are guaranteed.
Procedural Safeguards and the System of Payments
To find out more about Montana Milestones Part C Early Intervention Program, please contact Montana’s Part C Coordinator:
111 Sanders Room 305
P O Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604