The purpose of the Child and Family Connections (CFC) Procedure Manual is to assist CFC staff with the procedural operations of the statewide Early Intervention Services System and in performance of day-to-day activities. Uniformity and consistency are integral to implementation of the statewide system. Procedures are provided for such activities as referral, intake, eligibility determination, service plan development and monitoring the implementation of service plans.
Please note that this manual does not contain detailed procedures for using Cornerstone. For that information, please refer to the Cornerstone Reference Manual, which is available electronically on each Cornerstone workstation.
The procedures outlined in this document are based on federal and state regulations and Department policies. CFC staff is required to comply with these procedures and all pertinent law, rule and policy. To review the following pieces of enabling legislation, visit the DHS/Early Intervention web site, the "Laws and Rules" section under "Resources".
Part C of The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) [20 USC 1400 et seq.], as amended in 1997, and related regulations can be viewed and downloaded on the Early Intervention web site by selecting either "Individuals with Disabilities Education Act" or "Federal Regulations" under "Resources"/"Laws and Rules", or you may visit the NECTAC web site at www.nectas.unc.edu/idea/idea.asp.
The Early Intervention Services System Act [325 ILCS 20/3 et seq.] can be viewed and downloaded by selecting "Early Intervention Services System Act (325 IL CS 20/)."
State rules for the Early Intervention Services System can be viewed and downloaded by selecting "Part 500 - Early Intervention Final Rule."
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (Public Law 104-191, Title II, § 262(a), 100stat. 2024) can be viewed by visiting the Office for Civil Rights web site at www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. 1232g, 34 CFR Part 99) can viewed by visiting www.ed.gov/policy/gen/reg/ferpa/index.html.
Other law, rule and policy may also apply.