About the FICCIT
Florida’s Early Steps program, the Florida Department of Health and Children’s Medical Services maintains a statewide interagency coordinating council called the Florida Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers (FICCIT). FICCIT is authorized and required by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The role of the FICCIT is to advise and assist Early Steps in the performance of its responsibilities including:
Identification of sources of fiscal and other support for early intervention service programs under Part C of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA);
Assignment of financial responsibility to the agency;
Promotion of methods for intra-agency and interagency collaboration regarding child find, monitoring, financial responsibility, provision of services, and transition;
Preparation of applications under Part C of IDEA, including amendments;
Transition from Early Steps to the state education agency; and,
Review of Annual Report on the status of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
By-Laws, Policies, Reporting, and Meeting Minutes
- 34 C.F.R. Part 303, Subpart G – State Interagency Coordinating Council
- Open Government – The “Sunshine” Law
The council meets on a quarterly basis, and those meetings are publicly noticed. Those announcements will be found here, as well as in the Florida Administrative Register (FAR).
FICCIT Membership Information
The Florida Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers (FICCIT) is composed of governor appointed members who are representative of the state’s population.
Candidates in the following fields make up part of the required Council representation:
- At least 20 percent of the members must be parents, including minority parents, of infants or toddlers with disabilities or children with disabilities aged 12 years or younger, with knowledge of, or experience with, programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
- A parent of an infant or toddler with a disability or a child with a disability aged 6 years or younger.
- Representative from the state education agency responsible for preschool services to children with disabilities;
- Representative from the agency responsible for the State Medicaid program;
- Representative from state agency responsible for regulation of private health insurance;
- Representative from the state agency responsible for children’s mental health;
- Public or private providers of early intervention services;
- Representative designated by the Office of the Coordination of Education of Homeless Children and Youth;
- Representative from the state agency responsible for child care;
- Representative from the state child welfare agency responsible for foster care;
- Representative from a Head Start or Early Head Start agency;
- Representative from a personnel preparation program;
- Representative from the state agency involved in the provision of, or payment for, early intervention services;
- Representative from the state legislature.