Issues of Part H Program Access in Minnesota

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The Part H program is a coordinated system of early intervention for children with disabilities from birth to age 3 and their families. The Minnesota Part H admission rate in 1995 was approximately 13.5 per thousand. There is a wide variation in individual county rates, which may imply access issues. Our findings show that the variation of rates was not due to chance alone, and a lower rate in a county was correlated with a lower percentage of abnormal conditions at birth, a higher percentage of African-American children birth to 3 years, being in rural areas, and not participating in a collaborative tracking program. This implies counties have various degrees of success in identifying children for Part H. An idea of using the Part H dollars to develop a comprehensive identification and evaluation system is discussed

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