Service Coordination encompasses the activities carried out by a service coordinator to assist and enable an eligible child and the child’s family to receive the rights, procedural safeguards, and services that are authorized to be provided under the Minnesota's Help Me Grow: Infant and Toddler Intervention services.
Service Coordination must actively promote a family’s capacity and competency to identify, obtain, coordinate, monitor and evaluate resources and services to meet needs.
St. Paul and North Suburban Help Me Grow currently has a model in which service coordination can be provided by a dedicated service coordinator or another IFSP team member. Determination will be made by the IFSP team (including the family) in deciding which would be most appropriate in meeting the family’s needs.
How Service Coordination Can Assist Your Family
- Coordinate all services across agency lines
- Serve as the single point of contact in helping your family to obtain the services and assistance you need
- Provide and explain to your family the Notice of Procedural Safeguards (Parent Rights) for early childhood special education
- Inform your family of service delivery options so the best choice can be made
- Assist in coordinating services that best fit your family’s needs
- Assist in development and review of the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP)
- Connect your family with other families who have children with special needs and other support groups
- Inform your family of advocacy groups
- Provide your family with information about your child’ diagnosis or disability
- Facilitate the development of a transition plan from early intervention to preschool special education or community agencies/supports