October 2021

Team Updates

Upcoming State Team Meeting

Wednesday, October 27th, 9:00 - 10:30 am

Goal Focus #3: assessment, evaluation, & diagnosis
Lightning Round: Jenny Bibler - comprehensive assessment in schools; Lindsay McCary - Project CASTLE
Main Presentation: Increasing Diagnostic Capacity - Vanderbilt Treatment & Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) - Amy Weitlauf, PhD; Jeffrey Hine, PHD, BCBA; Mary Fleck, MEd, BCBA

Past Meeting Materials


Bright Spots Webinars

Bright Spots Webinars are an opportunity to highlight innovative efforts to improve systems of care and support for children with autism and other disabilities and their families. We are always looking for speakers and topics of interest for upcoming webinars. Have a Bright Spot to share? Click the button below to make a suggestion!

Ambassador Updates

The COVID-19 Recovery Year 2 leadership kick-off meeting was held on September 27th.  In addition to maintaining the Act Early State Team and promoting resiliency resources, additional foci of Year 2 funding are to:
  1. Address all 4 “steps” of early identification (parent-engaged developmental monitoring using Learn the Signs Act Early, developmental screening, referral for early intervention services, and receipt of early intervention services); and
  2. Support families as they transition from step to step to reduce loss to follow up.
To address these new foci, the Wisconsin Team will engage in outreach efforts through social media and partner with the State Birth to Three Program to implement Community Connectors. These Community Connectors will promote parent-engaged developmental monitoring, screening and assist families with accessing diagnostic and intervention services.

Learn the Signs. Act Early. Materials Available

Several Learn the Signs. Act Early. materials are available for order on the Act Early Wisconsin website. Materials available include Milestones Moments booklets and brochures in English and Spanish and Spanish-language growth charts.

Partner News

Children's Health Alliance of WI Welcomes Morgan Conti

Morgan Conti has recently joined the Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin team! Morgan serves as a Project Manager with the Medical Home Initiative. In this role, she works with statewide partners to increase early identification and intervention for children with special health care needs. She provides trainings, support and resources in the areas of developmental screening and mental health screening to health care professionals. In addition, she works with local public health departments who choose developmental screening as a national performance objective.

Morgan received her bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the Medical Home team, Morgan was a special educator and department chair within the School District of Waukesha. Her passions lie in the area of disability advocacy and she is excited to continue to work supporting system-wide changes that benefit children and youth with special health care needs across the state.

In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, camping, baking and spending time with her family at their cabin in Northern Wisconsin. 

Learning Opportunity from the WI Statewide Parent Educator Initiative (WSPEI)

The Family Engagement Community of Practice & Learning (FECoPL) is for educators, families, caregivers, and others who want to see improvement in family engagement across the state of Wisconsin. Learn from experts in the field, participate in book studies and other professional learning opportunities designed for educators and parents/families. Meetings will be held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 4-5pm virtually. The first meeting was held on Wednesday, October 20th.
Introducing a new tool for children’s mental and behavioral health!

The WI Children's Mental & Behavioral Health Navigator is a free, confidential, online tool designed to help parents, caregivers, and professionals in Wisconsin navigate (find, access, pay for) mental and behavioral health services and support for children, adolescents, and young adults under the age of 21. Just answer a few questions about the child, and the Navigator provides a customized guide to connect the child with the resources and support they need and deserve.

Interested in trying the Mental & Behavioral Health Navigator? Find it at www.cmbh-navigator.org.

Research Developments

Catalyst Center Mini-brief on Promoting Health Equity in Children of Color with Special Health Care Needs

Boston University's Catalyst Center recently developed the mini-brief "Strategies for State Title V and Medicaid Programs to Promote Health Equity for Children of Color with Special Health Care Needs." It describes key areas where states are strengthening health equity for children and youth with special health care needs, including initiatives in family partnership, Medicaid managed care (MMC) programs, quality measurement and performance reporting, and cross-sector partnerships.