Laws, Regulations and Policies
In 2001, the state of Ohio initiated the Help Me Grow program, which is governed by a set of laws, rules and regulations that define the operation of Ohio's statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, interagency system of services for expectant parents, infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delay or disabilities.
Federal Law and Regulations for Help Me Grow Part C
All states and United States territories are able to apply for federal Part C funds. Part C is governed by the Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities as enacted in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; 20 U.S.C. Section 1431 et seq.).
IDEA was later reauthorized by Congress in 1997 with the law becoming effective July 1, 1997. Final federal regulations became effective March 1999 and are found in Title 34, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 303. The law outlines expectations and the regulations guide implementation, administration and monitoring of the state program.
Federal Law: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 2004
Federal Regulations Part 303: Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
State Law for Help Me Grow
In Ohio, state laws exist which govern both Part C and Home Visiting in Help Me Grow. These laws are called the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) and apply to all aspects of Help Me Grow under rules 3701-8-01 through 3701-8-10. These rules can be found by selecting the link below:
Help Me Grow Rules
Program Policies for Help Me Grow
The final layer of requirements for Help Me Grow occurs at the local program level. The Bureau of Early Intervention Services (BEIS) writes and revises policies for program implementation. These program policies can be found by selecting the link below:
Help Me Grow Policies
This page last updated on 10/04/10.