Family Support Funding Caps

For the last three years or so I have been hearing about families’ increasing difficulty accessing Family Support services. We have finally received a list of Family Support Priorities and their spending/funding caps on various categories. If you are eligible for Family Support services in 2016-2017 fiscal year, please review this document and determine exactly what/how much you need and prioritize your requests because funding amounts have decreased.  Family Support Priorities and Caps 2016-2017

If you have concerns about Family Support that are unresolved at the local level, the DIDD Regional Office Family Support Staff for the East Region is Pattie Hall 865-588-0508 x169 . Her email is

Addressing Behavior in the IEP

This month the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services published a Dear Colleague Letter intended to help clarify the use of Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports in the IEP.  A copy of the guidance can be found here: Dear Colleague Letter-on-PBIS-in-IEPs–08-01-2016  Of course, as a governmental document, it was a little complicated, so they have also included a Stakeholder Summary (Dear Colleague Letter-on PBIS-in IEPs-Summary-for-Stakeholders–8-1-16) to make it easier to understand.

This guidance emphasizes