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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 35. Department of Behavioral Health And Developmental Services
Chapter 225. Requirements for Virginia Early Intervention System

12VAC35-225-30. Early intervention services applicability, availability, and coordination.

A. This chapter shall apply to state and local lead agencies, early intervention practitioners, and provider agencies.

B. Appropriate early intervention services based on scientifically based research, to the extent practicable, shall be available to all children with disabilities who are eligible for early intervention services in Virginia and their families, including (i) children and families who reside on an Indian reservation geographically located in Virginia or who are homeless and (ii) children who are wards of the state.

C. The Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council (VICC) shall promote and coordinate early intervention services in the Commonwealth and shall advise and assist the department.

1. Nonstate agency members of the VICC shall be appointed by the Governor. State agency representatives shall be appointed by their agency directors or commissioners.

2. The VICC membership shall reasonably represent the population and shall be composed as follows:

a. At least 20% shall be parents, including minority parents, of infants or toddlers with disabilities or children with disabilities aged 12 years or younger, with knowledge of, or experience with, programs for children with disabilities. At least one parent member shall be a parent of a child with a disability aged six years or younger;

b. At least 20% shall be public or private providers of early intervention services;

c. At least one member shall be from the Virginia General Assembly;

d. At least one member shall be involved in personnel preparation;

e. At least one member shall be from each of the participating agencies involved in the provision of or payment for early intervention services to children with disabilities and their families. These members shall have sufficient authority to engage in policy planning and implementation on behalf of the participating agency and shall include:

(1) At least one member from the Department of Education, the state educational agency responsible for preschool services to children with disabilities. This member shall have sufficient authority to engage in policy planning and implementation on behalf of the Department of Education;

(2) At least one member from the Department of Medical Assistance Services, the agency responsible for the state Medicaid program;

(3) At least one member from the Department of Social Services, the agency responsible for child care and foster care;

(4) At least one member from the State Corporation Commission, Bureau of Insurance, the agency responsible for regulating private health insurance;

(5) At least one member designated by the Office of the Coordination of Education of Homeless Children and Youth;

(6) At least one member from the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the agency responsible for children's mental health;

(7) At least one member from the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired;

(8) At least one member from the Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; and

(9) At least one member from the Department of Health;

f. At least one member shall be from the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) of Virginia;

g. At least one member shall be from a Head Start or Early Head Start agency or program in Virginia; and

h. Other members selected by the Governor.

3. The VICC shall operate as follows:

a. The VICC shall have bylaws that outline (i) nomination processes and roles of officers and committees and (ii) other operational procedures;

b. No member of the VICC shall cast a vote on any matter that would provide direct financial benefit to that member or otherwise give the appearance of a conflict of interest under Virginia law;

c. The VICC shall meet, at a minimum, on a quarterly basis;

d. VICC meetings shall be announced in advance in the Commonwealth Calendar and through an announcement to local lead agencies; and

e. VICC meetings shall be open and accessible to the public, and each meeting shall include a public comment period. Interpreters for persons who are deaf and other necessary services for both VICC members and participants shall be provided as necessary and upon request.

4. Subject to approval by the Governor, the VICC shall work with the department to develop an annual budget for VICC expenses that may include the use of Part C funds for the following:

a. Conducting hearings and forums;

b. Reimbursing members of the VICC for reasonable and necessary expenses for attending VICC meetings and performing VICC duties, including child care for parent representatives;

c. Compensating a member of the VICC if the member is not employed or must forfeit wages from other employment when performing official VICC business;

d. Hiring staff; and

e. Obtaining the services of professional, technical, and clerical personnel as may be necessary to carry out its functions under Part C.

5. Except as provided in subdivision 4 e of this subsection, VICC members shall serve without compensation from funds available under Part C.

Statutory Authority

§ 2.2-5304 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 32, Issue 10, eff. February 27, 2016.

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