Crow Wing County Interagency Early Intervention
Serving families who live in Crow Wing County or the school districts of Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, Crosslake Community School, and the Emily Charter School.
It is difficult to discuss present day services for young children with special needs without looking at the past. Prior to 1986, there were no legal mandates or comprehensive guidelines that spelled out:
1. Which children could receive special education services.
2. What ages services should begin.
3. Who should provide appropriate services.
Parents were confronted with a bewildering array of choices and had difficulties in obtaining appropriate service.
Often, young children did not receive services soon enough to prevent more severe problems from developing. This resulted in situations that caused families distress, and in need of more costly and long term intervention. Coordination of services between agencies was often lacking. Program plans commonly neglected to consider the needs of families.
In 1986, P.L. 99-457 was passed to insure that children could receive services earlier in life. Now, services are required for children with special needs or disabilities beginning at birth.
Another requirement from this law is that all agencies involved with children who have special needs and their families work together on a comprehensive plan.
In order for this coordination between agencies to occur, local committees have been established. In Minnesota, these are called the Interagency Early Intervention Committee or IEIC.
Parents and representatives from various agencies may be on your local IEIC. Each committee has its own identity and is responsive to local needs.Membership
Parents and representatives from agencies that serve children and families are a part of IEIC’s. (Each committee has its own identity and is responsive to local needs.)
Members of the Paul Bunyan IEIC include representatives from:
- Families of children identified with special needs, past and present up to age 12. (Families receive a small payment for their help)
- Families involved in other Early Childhood programs
b. Human Services
- County Social Services
- Family Resource Centers
- Child Care Resource and Referral
- Private Service Agencies
- School District Special Education Staff
- Early Childhood Family Education
- Head Start
- School Boards
d. Health Services
- County Public Health / Nursing Services
- Medical Clinics and Centers
- Regional and Local Mental Health Agencies
- Private health care services – occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech/language therapy
e. Financial Aid
- Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN)
- County Social Services
- WIC (Women Infants and Children Program)
- SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
- Other local resources
Four meetings are held thorgh the year. Ideas for further cooperation between agencies and improving services to families are discussed. Subcommittees may be formed that help make the ideas discussed becomes changes.
In addition, local IEIC Child Study Teams (CST’s) can be formed to help meet the needs of individual families who have services from multiple agencies.
For more information please Contact:
Pat Wright or Kathy Daly
toll free: 1 877 828-7003