General Description of Functions/Services
Staff of the Planning Coordination & Quality Control Unit are called upon by the Secretary and by staff of the various Divisions to
provide technical assistance, carry out special in-depth research and analysis, and manage projects of the types described below:
Birth to Three (Part C) Early Intervention System
This is the administrative unit for the statewide Birth to Three Early Intervention System in Delaware. It supports a coordinated system of Early Intervention
as outlined in Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This system provides resource and policy information
concerning services for children ages birth to three years with developmental disabilities or delays and their families. Through Child
Development Watch, Division of Public Health, the system provides assessments, service coordination, Individualized Family Service
Plans, and referrals to community services to families of children with disabilities or developmental delays. The system assists
families in coordinating services based on their child’s disability or delay. Eligibility is based on diagnosis and degree
of developmental delay, not on the family’s income.
Human Subjects Review Board (HSRB)
The HSRB functions in accordance with federal regulations governing Institutional Review Boards. The Board’s activities are
managed by this Unit, providing both the chairperson and primary staffing. Projects must be submitted for
HSRB review whenever Department clients are to be the subjects of a research project. This mandate covers research done both by
DHSS staff and outside researchers. Only after a project has been approved by the Board and the DHSS Secretary can it be carried out.
The Board must have at least 12 members, three of whom must be from outside the Department. Currently, there are four outside members,
representing the areas of law, ethics, prisoner advocacy and nursing.
This unit determines the eligibility for and accuracy of the benefits received by clients for Food
Stamps and Medicaid. It also provides feedback to the Division of Social Services staff regarding findings and assists in
developing solutions to problems identified.
Special Projects/Analysis of Cross-Cutting Issues/Program Coordination
Topics handled by this unit are usually
those that affect more than one target population, typically involving several Divisions within DHSS and possibly outside
stakeholders/consumers/advocates. Generally, the project involves bringing together a group of subject matter experts from throughout
the Department to fulfill the given assignment.