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Regional Training Centers Early Childhood Summer Institute
for Parents and Providers
June 18 - 20 in Louisville
Links of Interest
Family Guide to Services, color version, English
Family Guide to Services, black and white version, English
This brochure is geared toward parents and provides a summary of the First Steps program and services. This is a downloadable form, prints front and back on 11x17 paper, landscape format.
Family Rights Handbook, English
Family Rights Handbook, Spanish
This handbook provides a summary of the child's and family's rights under P.L. 99-457 in the First Steps Program. The downloadable pdf file is formatted for 8.5 x 11 paper. Blank pages in the file facilitate double-sided printing or copying.
A "Step by Step" Family Guide For Transition into Preschool
Available via this link: Step By Step Guide - English version
Step by Step Guide - Spanish version
This guide provides families of children transitioning out of First Steps into Preschool valuable information about the transition process.
First Steps Fact Sheet - English version Family Share
First Steps Fact Sheet - Spanish version
Letter to Parents from Parent Consultants 12-13-04
Letter to Parents from DPH 12-13-04
KidPower Family Support
Special Child Magazine
United Partners in KY
Family Share Chart for 2007
Important Information for Families
The Department for Public Health assumes responsibility for administration of the First Steps Family Share, including billing. Based on your family’s income and size, you will be required to make Family Share payments ranging from $20 to $100 per month to share in the cost of your child’s early intervention services. Family Share is a monthly participation fee that is not based upon how many or how few services are received in a given month. The Department for Public Health will send your Family Share bill to you and you will mail your payments to the Department for Public Health. You are responsible for Family Share beginning in the month that services start. Please ask your service coordinator to contact Lisa Dorman, Family Share Administrator, if your services will start in a different month than your first Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting.
Families participating in First Steps Family Share will receive a monthly invoice that includes:
- Family Share participation fee for the month indicated on the bill.
- Amount of previously unpaid balance, if any.
- Total balance of their Family Share account.
Families who choose to use their insurance (those with insurance coverage only) also are required to pay their monthly Family Share. If service providers receive insurance payments in a calendar year that equal or exceed your total Family Share amount for the same calendar year, you will no longer be responsible for Family Share for the rest of that calendar year. You also will receive a refund of Family Share payments you made for that calendar year. If you use First Steps service providers who accept your insurance, you are not responsible for insurance co-pays or deductibles.
Families who use their insurance need to save their “Explanation of Benefits” (EOBs) they receive from their insurance company. It is your responsibility to notify the Financial Administrator and to send her a copy of your EOBs when insurance payments equal or exceed your total Family Share amount for the calendar year. You may call her at 502-564-3756, Ext. 4589 or e-mail her at Betsy.Kennedy@ky.gov.
Please note the following:
- Children covered under Medicaid do not pay Family Share (even if your child has both private health insurance and Medicaid).
- Families who are covered by both private insurance and Medicaid are required to have their insurance billed per state and federal Medicaid regulations.
- Families who have more than one child enrolled in First Steps are only responsible for one Family Share payment.
All checks should be made payable to Kentucky State Treasurer and mailed to:
Family Share Administrator
Department for Public Health
ACHI - First Steps
275 E. Main Street - HS2W-C
Frankfort, KY 40621
If you have questions about Family Share, please call your service coordinator.
Department for Public Health/Division of Adult and Child Health Improvement/ First Steps
275 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40621
Questions or Comments