TEIS Extended Option

Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) currently serves eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays from birth to age 3. Governor Bill Lee proposed extending TEIS to serve children past their 3rd birthday in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Tennessee General Assembly approved the budget in April. If it is approved by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), families of children who are eligible for IDEA Part B services will have the choice to continue with TEIS services until the start of the school year following the child’s 4th birthday. This extension offers families an additional option to consider as they help their children develop and prepare for school.

The TEIS Extended Option implementation date is October 15, 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

Right now, a child receives services from TEIS until they turn 3. Then, if eligible, the child may receive services in the school system from age 3 until age 22. Information about the services provided in the school system for children ages 3 to 5 can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/education/student-support/special-education/special-education-section-619.html  

The extension of TEIS services up to the start of school following the 4th birthday will provide eligible families with the choice to either continue services through TEIS or transition to the school system any time after the child turns 3. 

Transition planning will continue as it does now. TEIS service coordinators will work with the family and the local school district to make sure the family has a smooth transition to services provided by the school system.   

To be eligible for the TEIS Extended Option, a child must meet the following criteria: 

  • Enrolled in TEIS prior to the age of 3 
  • Eligible for special education services in the local school district 
  • Turn 3 on or after October 15, 2022 

Once a child transitions to special education services in the school, they cannot return to TEIS services.

If a child is referred to TEIS after his or her 3rd birthday, the child will not be eligible to begin TEIS services.  That child would work with their local school district to receive services.   

If a family chooses to leave TEIS services after the child turns 3, that child cannot return to TEIS services.  

The implementation date for the TEIS Extended Option is October 15, 2022.

No, the implementation of extended services is October 15, 2022.

No. 

*What is an IEP?

An IEP is an Individualized Education Plan that is developed for a child with a disability to ensure they receive the supports and services they need to thrive in school.

Learn more about the Tennessee Department of Education’s Special Education Framework here: https://bit.ly/3CRH9iA

Presentations

Lunch and Learn: TEIS Extended Option Presentation for Families

We are gearing up for the start date of the TEIS Extended Option on October 15th by holding another Lunch and Learn for our TEIS families! The Lunch and Learn will be on September 15th from 12 to 1 p.m. Central Time. This virtual, family-focused presentation will be all about the TEIS Extended Option and what it might mean for your family. TEIS leadership will also be available to answer your questions. 

Click the following link to join: https://bit.ly/3cNG8ze

Or call in: +1 629-209-4396
Phone conference ID: 976 313 014#

Resources

Advisory Council Upates

Latest Progress and Action Items

With the extension of TEIS services in Governor Lee’s proposed budget, TEIS leadership has started to plan for the extended program. We provide updates in our bi-weekly newsletter that can also be found below. 

Reminder: Before we can implement the TEIS Extended Option, the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will need to approve the changes we plan to make to the program.

Recent activity:

  • TEIS Extended Option Lunch and Learn for families was held on June 20th. This presentation provided an opportunity for families to hear how the TEIS Extended Option will impact their child and ask questions. 193 people attended this meeting.
  • In preparation for the TEIS Extended Option, nine new TEIS Program Coordinator positions were posted on June 30th and new Service Coordinator positions are expected to post in mid-July. Information on how to apply can be found below.
  • The TEIS Extended Option Family Notification Document has been approved and is posted on the TEIS Extended Option webpage tn.gov/didd/teis-extended under "Resources". 

Recent activity: 

  • TEIS Extended Option Lunch and Learn for families is scheduled for June 20. This presentation will include new information about the TEIS Extended Option and will provide an opportunity for families to hear how the extended program will impact their child and to ask questions. More information below.
  • The department is working to establish the new Service Coordinator positions that were approved as part of the TEIS Extended Option. 
  • The period for public Review of the TEIS Extended Option Policy Statement and Family Notification Document, including the corresponding public hearings, has ended.
  • TEIS leadership met with DOE and OSEP for a third collaborative review of the DIDD/DOE Transition Interagency Agreement.   

Reminder: Before we can implement the TEIS Extended Option, the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will need to approve the changes we plan to make to the program. 

Recent activity:

  • TEIS Extended Option Lunch and Learn for families is on June 20th. More information can be found below.
  • TEIS Extended Option Policy Statement and Family Notification Document will remain posted for public review until June 10.
  • Public Hearing #1 for the TEIS Extended Option Policy Statement was held on May 20. Public Hearing #2 will be held on June 7.
  • Met with DOE and OSEP for a second collaborative review of the DIDD/DOE Transition Interagency Agreement.
  • Updated the TEIS Extended Option one-pager to include eligibility information for families: http://www.tn.gov/didd/teis-extended

Reminder: Before we can implement the TEIS Extended Option, the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will need to approve the changes we plan to make to the program.

  • Scheduled a TEIS Extended Option Lunch and Learn for families on June 20th. More information can be found below.
  • Developed Family Interest Survey.
  • Submitted Part C application to the Office of Special Education Programs on May 11th.
  • Posted the TEIS Extended Option Policy Statement and Family Notification Document for public review on May 4th. These documents will be posted until June 10.
  • Completed the first draft of DIDD/DOE Transition Interagency Agreement and sent to DOE for review and input.
  • Met with OSEP and DOE for continued collaboration.

Reminder: Before we can implement the TEIS Extended Option, the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will need to approve the changes we plan to make to the program.

  • Received budget approval. State lawmakers approved the budget which includes funding for the TEIS Extended Option!
  • Concluded public comment period for Part C application on April 4th. The Part C application will remain posted for public review until May 5th.
  • Received feedback from the Tennessee Department of Education on the TEIS Extended Option policy statement and family notification document. The TEIS Extended Option policy statement and family notification document will be posted for public review in the coming days.
  • Met with OSEP and DOE for continued collaboration.

Reminder: Before we can implement the TEIS Extended Option, the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will need to approve the changes we plan to make to the program.

  • Concluded public comment period for Part C application on April 4th. The Part C application will remain posted for public review for an additional 30 days.
  • Presented an overview of the TEIS Extended Option with stakeholders at the SICC meeting on April 12th.
  • Provided clarification on eligibility. To continue with the TEIS Extended Option, children must be enrolled in TEIS with an IFSP and be determined Part B eligible by the LEA.
  • Received feedback from OSEP on the TEIS Extended Option policy statement and family notification document.
  • Shared draft policy statement with Department of Education.
  • Updated and shared webpage with stakeholders (one-pager embedded).
  • Met with OSEP and DOE for continued collaboration.

Reminder: Before we can make this change, state lawmakers must first approve the budget. Then, the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) will need to approve the changes we plan to make to the program.

  • Determined projected implementation timeframe to be late Fall 2022.
  • Monitored comments on Part C application posted for public review through April 4, 2022. (Reminder, the application includes September 1, 2022, as the due date for program policies to be sent to the Office of Special Education; this date is not a target date for implementation.)
  • Created a webpage dedicated to the TEIS Extended Option that includes resources, frequently asked questions, and the bi-weekly updates that are included in Tri-Starts. The new webpage can be found at tn.gov/didd/teis-extended.
  • Revised the TEIS Extended Option one pager to provide more detail. The revised one pager can be found on our TEIS Extended Option webpage.
  • Met with TN Department of Education team and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
  • Per the Part C application, established a target date of September 1, 2022, to submit our proposed extended program policies to the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). This date is not a target date for implementation and the start date for our extended program remains to be determined.
  • Scheduled meeting with TN Department of Education team and Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to set objectives for working together.
     
  • Continued review of federal and state regulations in preparation for second meeting with the Office of Special Education Programs.
  • Began working to establish timelines for implementation.
  • Initiated contact with the Department of Education to establish a designated team for extended services and transition planning.
  • Created a one-pager that includes what we know now so families can better understand what this might mean for their children. The one-pager can be found on our Family Resources webpage or at the following link: https://bit.ly/3rS4CMO.
  • Met with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to begin reviewing federal requirements for extending Part C services beyond age 3.
  • Began review of all relevant state and federal policies.