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   PO 360
   Trenton, NJ 08625-0360

   For Release:
   March 4, 2002


Clifton R. Lacy, M.D.
Acting Commissioner

For Further Information Contact:
Laura Otterbourg or Dennis McGowan

Department to Hold Hearings on the Early Intervention System

TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services will hold three public hearings on proposed changes to the New Jersey Early Intervention System Federal Part C Application. The Division of Family Health Services uses federal Part C funds to provide early intervention services for eligible children with developmental delays and disabilities, birth to age three, and their families.

The department is seeking the public's input on proposed changes to the implementation of the early intervention system under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Proposed changes to specific pages of the application include central directory, personnel standards and policies related to financial matters. Additional information is available on the department's Website,

The hearings are scheduled as follows:

March 22, 2002 Medical Society of NJ 2:00 to 3:30 PM
March 26, 2002 Gloucester County Health Department 10:00 to 11:30 AM
April 5, 2002 Wayne Public Library 10:00 to 11:30 AM

Individuals wishing to testify in person are asked to call the department's Early Intervention System at (609) 777-7734, to schedule a time. They are also asked to supply a written copy of their testimony at the hearing.

For persons unable to appear to testify, written copies of testimony will be accepted through April 22, 2002, at the Department of Health and Senior Services, Early Intervention System, P.O. Box 364, Trenton NJ 08625-0364.

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