Georgia Department of Public Health Babies Can’t Wait Program Seeks Public Comment


     Georgia Department of Public Health Babies Can’t Wait Program Seeks Public Comment

       Public Comment Period Until May 2, 2018

     ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) program invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public comment period for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 Annual State Application under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Stakeholders, early intervention providers, parents and members of the public are encouraged to comment. The grant application and revised policy may be reviewed online or at locations throughout the state.

    Participants can submit comments by mail, email, fax or in person:

    • Written comments will be accepted by mail until May 2, 2018:


    Babies Can’t Wait

    Attn: Lisa Pennington, Deputy Director Early Intervention

    2 Peachtree Street NW, 11th Floor

    Atlanta, GA 30303-13422

    • Email comments will be accepted until May 2, 2018:

   (Subject line: Part C or Public Comment)

    • Fax comments will be accepted until May 2, 2018:


    State BCW office fax: (404) 657-7307

    • In person comments at a public hearing:


    See available locations below.


    District Date/Time Location Contact


    March 15, 2018

    4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    Cobb County Board of Health

    1738 County Services Road Suite 200

    Marietta, GA 30008


    Yvette James

    Early Intervention Coordinator

    (770) 319-4717



    March 22, 2018

    4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    Northwest Health District

    1309 Redmond Road, NW

    Rome, GA 30165


    Scottie Worthington

    Early Intervention Coordinator

    (706) 802-5076




    March 29, 2018

    4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    South Health District

    206 S. Patterson Street, 3rd Floor
    Valdosta, GA 31603


    Judy Threlkeld

    Early Intervention Coordinator

    (229) 245-6565


    DPH invites interested persons to attend public hearings and present public comments. To allow an opportunity for all to be heard, comments will be limited to five minutes.

    About Babies Can’t Wait

    The Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) program is Georgia’s statewide early intervention system for infants and toddlers with special needs, from birth to age three, and their families. BCW enhances the capacity of families to meet the special needs of their child to ensure each young child with significant developmental delays achieves his or her maximum developmental potential. To learn more about DPH Babies Can’t Wait program, please call (404) 657-2850 or (888) 651-8224 or visit


    About the Georgia Department of Public Health
    The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury and disability; promoting health and well-being; and preparing for and responding to disasters.

    DPH’s main functions include: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Maternal and Child Health, Infectious Disease and Immunization, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Emergency Medical Services, Pharmacy, Nursing, Volunteer Health Care, the Office of Health Equity, Vital Records, and the State Public Health Laboratory. For more information about DPH, visit



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