Implement an integrated set of tools and practices at the state level that support families and providers with connecting to the right service at the right time.
1.3.1 Promote the 1-800-CHILDREN helpline as a statewide resource (centralized access point
1.3.2 Facilitate the expansion of IRIS, the Integrated Referral and Intake System
1.3.3 Connect providers and communities to technical assistance
1.3.4 Identify and support telehealth
Kansas communities, providers, and families have embraced the benefits of tools such as 1-800-CHILDREN, IRIS, and state-level technical assistance to meet their early childhood needs. 1-800-CHILDREN, the statewide centralized parent helpline and online resource, has a robust toolkit – including marketing videos, printed fliers, and outreach staff to increase access and connect to resources. As IRIS continues to build networks within communities across the state, efforts are underway to create an application program interface (API) between IRIS and 1-800-CHILDREN, allowing helpline callers to be referred directly to IRIS organizations.
Adaptive TA provided initial assessment and tiered technical assistance supports to community partners as requested — exploring innovations and opportunities, coordinating, and providing topic-specific webinars, and streamlining processes for community partners.
Kansas established a statewide ASQ online system to remove financial, training and workflow barriers for providers wanting to add developmental screening to their work with young families and to allow for more equitable access to screening across the state. A developmental screen helps to identify if a child would benefit from community or early intervention services