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ATLANTA (GA) – The Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) Program is Georgia’s statewide early intervention system for infants and toddlers with special needs, ages birth to three, and their families.  The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Division of Public Health (DPH) is the lead agency for administration of the BCW system.  As required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C section 34 CFR §§303.110-303.113, “the State must publish its Part C application or policy in a manner that will ensure circulation throughout the State at least 60-days prior to the date on which the application or policy is submitted and allow an opportunity for public comments on the application or policy for at least 30 days during that 60-day publication period.  In order to meet this requirement,  BCW invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public comment period for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2011 Annual State Application under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Data Policy, Transition Policy , Service Coordination Policy, Individualized Family Service Plan Policy, Evaluation & Assessment Policy and Hearing Loss Eligibility Memo from March 10, 2011 to May 10, 2011. The public may review the revised policies online (http://health.state.ga.us) or at locations throughout the state and comment in four ways:

(1) Written comments will be received until  May 10, 2011:

Babies Can’t Wait

2 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 11-222

Atlanta, GA 30303-13422

(2) Email comments will be received until May 10, 2011:


(3) Facsimile comments will be received until May 10, 2011:

State BCW Office Fax: (404-657-2878)

(4) In Person verbal comments at a Public Hearing


DCH 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.

Written, email, and facsimile comments will be received until, May 10, 2010 and should be sent to:

Chase Bolds, Babies Can’t Wait Program Manager

2 Peachtree Street NW, #11-112

Atlanta, Georgia 30303-14322

Email:  chbolds@dhr.state.ga.us

Facsimile:  (404) 657-2878


More information about Georgia’s BCW early intervention program is available at (http://health.state.ga.us/programs/bcw).

Dates and Locations for Public Hearings:


District Date/Time Location BCW Contact
1-2  Dalton



April 12, 2011

4:30 PM –

7:00 PM

Whitfield County Health Department

800 Professional Blvd

Dalton, GA 30720

(706) 279-9600

Debbie Coleman

(770) 272-2219





April 14, 2011

4:30 PM –

7:00 PM

Five Forks

2780 Five Forks Trickum Road

Lawrenceville, GA 30044

(770) 822-9115

Donna Davidson/EIC

(770) 822-9115

4 LaGrange



April 12, 2011  4:30 PM –

7:00 PM

Emergency Preparedness Conference Room

District 4 Health Services

122 Gordon Commercial Drive

Suite A

LaGrange, GA 30240

(706) 298-7740

Phyllis Turner/EIC

(706) 845-4035 (ext. 238)




April 14, 2011

4:30 PM – 7:00PM

Babies Can’t Wait Office

206 S. Patterson Street

P.O. Box 1027

Valdosta, GA 31603

(229) 245-6565


Judy ThrelkeldEIC

(229) 245-6565




9-1 Savannah April 14, 2011



Chatham County Health Department

1395 Eisenhower Drive

Savannah, GA 31406

(912) 356-2441

Beleta  Lockwood/EIC

(912) 691-6888

10 Athens April 12, 2011



Clarke County Health Department

345 N. Harris Street

Athens, GA 30601

Ruth Newcomb/EIC

(706) 369-6105

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