Monday, May 16, 2016

First Steps Local Planning and Coordinating Council (LPCC)

The LPCC's primary responsibility is to advise and assist with the implementation of the First Steps System in their local cluster of counties.  They provide the voice for early intervention services at the local level by identifying concerns, issues and strengths unique to each cluster and then developing a service delivery system that meets the locally identified needs.
Each LPCC has a chair and members composed of local providers, parents and community partners.  Through the LPCC, community resources and service providers are identified to coordinate all available early intervention resources for children.  Each council is responsible for developing and documenting a formal system of communication and coordination among participating agencies operating in its cluster of counties.
LPCCs have a number of responsibilities:
  • Public Awareness
  • Child Find Activities
  • Identification of Resources within the Community
  • Family and Provider Training
  • Recruitment of Early Intervention Providers
  • Development of effective Communication and Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with other agencies serving families in their community.
Each LPCC has the opportunity to advance the First Steps System in its local cluster.  The cluster LPCC will identify different committees to work on specific assignments.  The LPCC has at least one coordinator, who oversees the council and its meetings.  Members, at a minimum, shall include the following:
  • Two Parents of children with disabilities
  • One Health or Medical representative
  • One Educational representative
  • One Social Services representative
  • One Early Intervention service provider
  • One Child Care representative
Learn more about the LPCC in your area.

The Family Leadership Development Fund at Family Voices can support a parent to attend LPCC meetings. More information via 317 944 8982

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