One of the many ways that NAME provides leadership; promotes integrity, collaboration and success; and facilitates a network to share information is the national conference NAME holds every year.
In addition to a week-long opportunity to network with NAME members from across the country and attend informative sessions, NAME’s 2014 Conference in Niagara Falls, NY, demonstrated NAME’s ongoing dialogues with other national organizations. General sessions at this year’s conference included a panel discussion among representatives of related service provider national organizations AOTA (Occupational Therapy), APTA (Physical Therapy), ASHA (Speech and Language Pathologists/Audiologists, and NASN (School Nurses) and a ‘fireside chat’ featuring NAME’s new Executive Director and representatives of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), the National Association of State Medicaid Directors (NASMD) and the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE).
In her weekly update to CASE members, Executive Director Luann Purcell emphasized the importance of partnerships and collaboration. She cited the NAME Conference as a good example and encouraged special educators to take advantage of resources that NAME offers, such as this year’s conference sessions on the growth of telepractice and its potential to help address the shortage of related service providers in some areas of the country. Watch NAME’s Member Only site for additional links to other national organizations that offer resources of interest to our membership.
On July 14, NAME representatives had the opportunity to meet with Donna Cohen Ross, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Director of Enrollment Initiatives and Stakeholder Engagement. Recognizing that schools are crucial partners in the national campaign to help students and families:
understand health coverage options,
enroll and retain coverage
access health care,
Ms. Cohen Ross shared national “Insure Kids Now” campaign information to help you help students. The campaign provides links to stay informed of upcoming activities, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach materials that CMS can customize for your needs, short videos, and much more.
Visit InsureKidsNow.gov for more details and comprehensive information on Medicaid and CHIP coverage for school-age children.
NAME members: log in to NAME’s Members Only site for more information on this campaign and other recent guidance from CMS, updates to federal audit information and school-based health news.
FERPA Amendments of 2013 Apply to Part B and Part C of IDEA
On May 27, 2014, the USED provided guidance on amendments to the Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These amendments affect the confidentiality provision which applies to Part B and Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Click to see this 18-page letter: FERPA guidance