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 and supports such as 1-800-CHILDREN, IRIS, and state-level technical assistance to meet their early childhood needs. 1-800-CHILDREN, the statewide parent helpline and online resource directly, has a robust toolkit – including marketing videos, printed fliers, and outreach staff – to help families, providers, and communities understand how to access and stay connected to resources. IRIS continues to expand across the state and build networks within communities. Adaptive TA, a new PDG-funded service for communities, offers outreach and support for individual providers and entire communities working to understand the tools that make it easier for families to navigate systems. PDG funding was also used to award Quality Subgrants to community organizations. These funds help families navigate local services and improve the quality of services available.
CARES Act funding was used to enhance remote service provision and telehealth, specifically for home visitors who were able to purchase devices and connectivity services for their families to safely continue receiving vital prevention visits.