Child Outcomes Process Quick Review

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  • ENTRY refers to the age of child at time of completion of initial IFSP. If the answer to the question is YES , then ENTRY data should be completed for the child. The ENTRY child outcomes process should be initiated for the child. If the answer to the question is NO, then ENTRY data does NOT have to be completed for the child. The ENTRY child outcomes process should NOT be initiated for the child.
  • The Service Coordinator is the key personnel in the ENTRY data process. Initiation of the child outcomes ENTRY process should come from the Service Coordinator. They are responsible for helping the family understand the child outcomes process and making sure they understand their level of input and involvement in the process. Service Coordinators should use the ENTRY process as a time to remind families that the Part C Outcome Measurement process is to evaluate the BabyNet system, without focusing on any one child, family, or provider. The password to input ENTRY DATA is ENTRY
  • EXIT refers to the time at the completion of the child’s final IFSP or discharge/transition out of the system. At EXIT there are two question that should be asked: Has child received at least 6 months of service? If the answer to the question is YES, then EXIT data should be completed for the child. The EXIT child outcomes process should be initiated for the child. If the answer to the question is NO, then EXIT data does NOT have to be completed for the child. The EXIT child outcomes process should NOT be initiated for the child. If a child has received at least 6 months of service, then the child had to have entered the system at 30 or less months of age. EXIT data should include those children who entered the system at 30 months or less and have received at least 6 continuous months of service.
  • Service Coordinators are the responsible for the child outcomes process at EXIT. COSFs should be disseminated only to service providers who are currently working with a child or have worked with a child in the past 90 days. ENTRY data should be re-inputted at EXIT along with new EXIT data at EXIT. The process should follow the same timeframe for closure as the general EXIT or transition process. The password to input EXIT data is EXITDATA
  • The following contact information is included for technical assistance following completion of this training.
  • Special thanks is offered to the following individuals who have assisted TECS’ staff in development of this training.
  • Child Outcomes Process Quick Review

    1. 1. QUICK REVIEW: BABYNET Child Outcomes Policies & Procedures Team for Early Childhood Solutions (TECS) Updated 02/15/10
    2. 2. OBECTIVE <ul><li>This self-paced training has been designed to provide system personnel with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a 4-step process for navigating the child outcomes to enhance data input, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>additional resources to use for determining Early Childhood Outcomes Center (ECO) ratings during the child outcomes process to enhance data accuracy. </li></ul></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    3. 3. Four Main Steps in Process <ul><li>Step One- Determine age of child at completion of initial IFSP. </li></ul><ul><li>Step Two- Complete ENTRY child outcomes process. </li></ul><ul><li>Step Three- Determine the number of months the child has been continuously enrolled in system. </li></ul><ul><li>Step Four- Complete the EXIT child outcomes process. </li></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    4. 4. STEP ONE: Determine age of child at completion of initial IFSP. <ul><li>ENTRY data should be collected only on children who are 30 months old or younger. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is the child 30 months old or younger at completion of the initial IFSP? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ENTRY data should be inputted in the TECS </li></ul><ul><li>online system within 30 days of the initial </li></ul><ul><li>IFSP. </li></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    5. 5. STEP TWO: Complete ENTRY child outcomes process. <ul><li>Service Coordinators are responsible for the child outcomes process at ENTRY. </li></ul><ul><li>At ENTRY, the Service Coordinator should: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>complete the Curriculum-Based Assessment (CBA) with family input through informal conversations and interviewing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>complete the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) of any prior available service providers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>input ENTRY data in the TECS database, print the page, click the submit button, and file the documentation in the child’s record. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The password to input ENTRY DATA is ENTRY. </li></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    6. 6. STEP THREE: Determine the number of months the child has been continuously enrolled in the system. <ul><li>EXIT data should be completed on children who have received at least 6 months of continuous service in the system. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Has child received at least 6 months of service? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>EXIT data should be inputted in the TECS database within 10 days of system exit/transition. </li></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    7. 7. STEP FOUR- Complete the EXIT child outcomes process. <ul><li>Service Coordinators are responsible for the child outcomes process at EXIT. </li></ul><ul><li>AT EXIT, the Service Coordinator should: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>refer to the child’s most current CBA to determine functional status and complete COW, including family input. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>disseminate and collect individual IFSP team member COSFs. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>utilize the Decision Tree to determine the EXIT rating. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>make contact with other service providers as needed during this process. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>input EXIT data in the TECS database, print the page, click the submit button, and file the document in the child’s record. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The password to input EXIT data is EXITDATA. </li></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    8. 8. CHILD OUTCOMES FAQS <ul><li>Q: Which children should have ENTRY data inputted? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: ENTRY data should be collected only on children who are 30 months old or younger. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q: How long do I have to input ENTRY data after the initial IFSP meeting? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: ENTRY data should be inputted within 30 days following an initial FSP meeting. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q: Which children should have EXIT data inputted? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: EXIT data should be completed on children who have received at least 6 months of continuous service in the system. This includes planned and unplanned exits or transitions from BabyNet. (Note: this has been updated since the July 1, 2008 policies & procedures document.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q: How long do I have to input EXIT data? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: EXIT data should be inputted within 10 days following EXIT or transition out of the BabyNet system. </li></ul></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    9. 9. CHILD OUTCOMES FAQS <ul><li>Q: How can I check to see if my data were inputted? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: A monthly Missing Data Report is generated to follow-up on all data that were not captured in the prior month. At that time, any data that did not go through during an initial submission should be inputted and noted on the missing data report. Any specific concerns prior to the release of the monthly missing data report should be emailed to Dr. Lesly Wilson at [email_address] . All emails should have “Child Outcomes” in the subject line with an email message including the child’s ID#, a contact name and a contact phone number. All inquiries will be investigated and responded to in a timely manner (within 24-72 hours). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q: Why might my submission not go through the first time and the child’s ID# show up on the Missing Data Report? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: These are the primary reasons: 1) the data were never initially inputted for child, 2) computer errors occurred during the submission, or 3) the submit button was not pressed or clicked after printing the hard copy for file. </li></ul></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    10. 10. CHILD OUTCOMES FAQS <ul><li>Q: What should I do if one of my children is included on the monthly Missing Data Report? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: Input missing data immediately into TECS system and note the correction on the Missing Data Report. Be sure to input the actual date using the format mm/year (e.g., 01/2009). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q: Is there a way to retrieve ENTRY data on a child who is about to EXIT but has no hardcopy of ENTRY data on file? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: Yes. In such cases, email Dr. Lesly Wilson at [email_address] . All emails should have “Child Outcomes” in the subject line with an email message including the child’s ID#, a contact name and a contact phone number. All inquiries will be investigated and responded to in a timely manner (within 24-72 hours). </li></ul></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    11. 11. CHILD OUTCOMES FAQS <ul><li>Q: Should I input EXIT data if the child has no record of ENTRY data? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: No. If the child has 1) no hard copy in record of ENTRY data AND 2) no ENTRY data have been inputted in TECS system, then you do not have to input EXIT data for the child. This includes children who meet the child outcomes data collection criteria. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q: Can I correct errors made when inputting the age, diagnosis, rating score, etc. for a child? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: Yes. In such cases, email Dr. Lesly Wilson at [email_address] . All emails should have “Child Outcomes” in the subject line with an email message including the child’s ID#, a contact name, a contact phone number and corrected information. DO NOT resubmit data to correct errors as this creates duplicate data in the system for a child. </li></ul></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    12. 12. CHILD OUTCOMES FAQS <ul><li>Q: Do we still need to complete the Child Outcomes Worksheet (COW)? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: No. The COW was phased out of the child outcomes policy & procedures effective July 1, 2008. The Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) is the only official form to be used in the process by all team members; however, other checklist forms are provided to assist with child outcomes the process. (Note: All individual team member COSFs should still be collected for determination of a team consensus rating.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q: Is there a way for the EI/SC to go back into the TECS database to view, correct, or reprint data that have already been submitted? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: No. Once data have been inputted and the submit button clicked, the EI/SCs will not be able to go back to view, correct, or reprint. In such cases, contact email Dr. Lesly Wilson at [email_address] . All emails should have “Child Outcomes” in the subject line with an email message including the child’s ID#, a contact name, a contact phone number and corrected information. It is recommended that updated corrections are also made on the hard copy to be filed in chart. </li></ul></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    13. 13. CHILD OUTCOMES FAQS <ul><li>Q: Do I need to complete EXIT data for a child who is receiving services in my region and will be moving to another region within the BabyNet system? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: No. Child outcomes data should be collected at ENTRY into and EXIT from the system. Transitions within the system are not considered system exits. Child outcomes data will be completed on these children that “meet child outcomes data collection criteria” upon their transition out of the system regardless of the reason. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q: Do EXIT data need to be completed for a family who participates inconsistently, cannot be located, or leaves the system unexpectedly or unplanned? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: Maybe. If the child has received at least 6 months of continuous services and has ENTRY data in the system, then EXIT data should be inputted . If the child has not received at least 6 months of services, then EXIT data should not be inputted . (Note: Data should be captured on all planned and unplanned exits that meet the criteria; this has been updated since the July 1, 2008 policies & procedures document). </li></ul></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    14. 14. CHILD OUTCOMES FAQS <ul><li>Q: Who should determine the ENTRY and EXIT ratings for each child outcome area? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: All IFSP team members should provide input and help determine a consensus rating for the child at ENTRY and EXIT. (Note: At ENTRY, it is understood that fewer team members may be involved in determining the rating; however, at EXIT, more IFSP team members are likely to be involved in this process.) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q: When the child’s EXIT rating for an outcome area is at the same number rating as ENTRY, what is the correct response to the following COSF question: “Has the child shown any new skills or behaviors related to each outcome area since the last outcomes summary?” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: The correct response is YES. For example, if a child entered the system at a 4 rating, completes at least 6 months of continuous services, and exits the system at a 4 rating, then the child has demonstrated progress to maintain level of function during developmental trajectory. You would select “YES.” </li></ul></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    15. 15. CHILD OUTCOMES FAQS <ul><li>Q: (DDSN ONLY) A child is closed to Special Instruction services and the file is sent back to the SPOE office with ENTRY data completed at initial IFSP and EXIT data completed (but not yet entered into the TECS system) at end of Special Instruction services. However, after the educational record is returned to the SPOE office, the IFSP team agrees the family is still in need of Special Instruction services and service coordination is returned to DDSN. Should I report EXIT data for this child? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: The EXIT data prepared in advance of sending the educational record to the SPOE office, in anticipation of the child exiting all BabyNet services should not be used. When the child does exit all Part C services, the original ENTRY data should be used, but the EXIT data should be collected again and either: 1) sent to the SPOE office at the end of special instruction services, or 2) if the child is exiting all Part C services, entered into the TECS Child Outcomes data system prior to closing the education record </li></ul></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    16. 16. CHILD OUTCOMES FAQS <ul><li>Q: Where do I go to find out more about determining Child Outcome Ratings? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: All personnel should complete the TECSBOOK Chapter for Child Outcomes. Additional information and materials concerning child outcomes can be found on the TECS website, including information from past trainings. You can visit our website for Child Outcomes Resource Page at http://uscm.med.sc.edu/tecs/childoutcomesinforevised.htm . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Q: How can I provide suggestions or feedback regarding child outcomes policies, procedures, or training needs? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A: You are welcome to provide input concerning child outcomes policies, procedures, or training needs by 1) completing a child outcomes feedback survey at http://uscm.med.sc.edu/tecs/childoutcomesinforevised.htm , or 2) submitting a TA Request Form (located on TECS website homepage on left column) at http://uscm.med.sc.edu/tecs/childoutcomesinforevised.htm . </li></ul></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    17. 17. CHILD OUTCOMES FAQS <ul><li>Q: Who is the primary TECS contact concerning child outcomes? </li></ul><ul><li>- A: All questions or concerns related to child outcomes should be directed to Lesly Wilson, PhD, OTR/L through email (use as primary means of contact) or phone. You can contact Dr. Lesly Wilson through email at [email_address] or by phone at 803-935-5217 (direct line) or 803-935-5227 (TECS main office). </li></ul>Updated 02/15/10
    18. 18. <ul><li>Center for Disability Resources, University of South Carolina, </li></ul><ul><li>Dept. of Pediatrics, School of Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Columbia, SC 29208 </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 803/935-5227 Fax: 803/935-5300 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sc.edu/tecs/ </li></ul><ul><li>The Center for Disability Resources (CDR) is recognized as </li></ul><ul><li>A University Center for Excellence in Developmental </li></ul><ul><li>Disabilities, Education, Research and Services by the </li></ul><ul><li>Association of University Centers on Disabilities and by the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Health and Human Services </li></ul><ul><li>Administration For Children and Families, </li></ul><ul><li>Administration on Developmental Disabilities. </li></ul>Updated 02/15/10 TECS: Team for Early Childhood Solutions
    19. 19. Acknowledgements and Credits <ul><li>Lesly S. Wilson, Ph.D., OTR/L – TECS, Evaluation and Research Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>Kristie K. Musick, M.Ed. – First Steps, SC Part C Program Director </li></ul><ul><li>Stephanie Hicklin, B.S. – TECS, TA Specialist </li></ul>Updated 02/15/10

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