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Subject:  Addressing Challenges with EIT Implementation – QA document 

Source: Pam Thomas, Coordinator, First Steps Program

Intended Audience: First Steps providers, Service Coordinators and SPOE Directors

Date: January 12, 2012

Over the past two years Missouri First Steps has been implementing a team approach to service delivery, a model called Early Intervention Team (EIT). To date, each System Point of Entry (SPOE) region has at least one team established where all new First Steps referrals are assigned to a team. Some areas of the state have all team members identified, while other areas of the state are working toward the completion of teams.

In the process of identification and implementation of teams, several challenges have surfaced. To better assist providers and SPOE staff with the implementation of teams, several questions have been answered in a new document titled “Addressing Challenges with EIT Implementation.” That document is now available online at:

The information contained in the document answers the following questions:

Please take time to review these questions and answers as they may relate to challenges your EIT or SPOE region may be having with EIT implementation. Hopefully teams in your region will be able to discuss this information and use it to move forward with successful teaming.