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State Policies and Procedures

  1. As required in 20 U.S.C. 1432(5)(A) and 1435(a)(1), the State has provided its policies and/or procedures regarding the State's definition of 'developmental delay' to ensure that a rigorous definition of the term 'developmental delay' will be used by the State in carrying out programs under this Part in order to appropriately identify infants and toddlers with disabilities that are in need of services under this Part.
    • Policy and/or Procedure is already 'On File' with the USDE
  2. As required in 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(9)(B), the State has provided its policies and/or procedures to ensure review of the child's program options for the period from the child's third birthday through the remainder of the school year.
    • Policy and/or Procedure is already 'On File' with the USDE
  3. As required in 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(9)(C), the State has provided its policies and/or procedures to ensure the establishment of a transition plan, including, as appropriate, steps to exit from the program.
    • Policy and/or Procedure is already 'On File' with the USDE
  4. As required in 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(6), the State has provided its policies and procedures that require the referral for early intervention services under this part of a child under the age of 3 who - (A) is involved in a substantiated case of abuse or neglect; or (B) is identified as affected by illegal substance abuse, or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure.
    • (Policies, procedures, methods, and descriptions have not been provided. Provide date by which State will submit to OSEP required documentation, which date shall be no later than June 30, 2009.) - Comment: As soon as possible but no later then June 2009
  5. As required in 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(9)(A), the State has provided its policies and procedures that ensures a smooth transition for toddlers receiving early intervention services under this part (and children receiving those services under by 20 U.S.C 1435(c)) to preschool, school, other appropriate services, or exiting the program, including a description of how: (i) the families of such toddlers and children will be included in the transition plans required 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(9)(C); and (ii) the lead agency designated or established under 20 U.S.C. 1435(a)(10) will (I) notify the local educational agency for the area in which such a child resides that the child will shortly reach the age of eligibility for preschool services under Part B, as determined in accordance with State law; (II) in the case of a child who may be eligible for such preschool services, with the approval of the family of the child, convene a conference among the lead agency, the family, and the local educational agency not less than 90 days (and at the discretion of all such parties, not more than 9 months) before the child is eligible for the preschool services, to discuss any such services that the child may receive; and (III) in the case of a child who may not be eligible for such preschool services, with the approval of the family, make reasonable efforts to convene a conference among the lead agency, the family, and providers of other appropriate services for children who are not eligible for preschool services under Part B, to discuss the appropriate services that the child may receive.
    • Policy and/or Procedure is already 'On File' with the USDE

Optional Policies/Methods

  1. As required in 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(4), if the State provides services to at-risk infants and toddlers through the statewide system, the State has provided its: 1) description of services to at-risk infants and toddlers, and 2) definition of 'at-risk' under 20 U.S.C. 1432(5)(B)(i).
    • The State has not exercised this option.
  2. As required in 20 U.S.C. 1432(4)(B) and 1437(a)(3)(A), the State has provided its policies and/or procedures that identify the State's system of payments for Part C services.
    • Policy and/or Procedure is already 'On File' with the USDE
  3. As described in 20 U.S.C. 1435(c) the State has provided its policy, developed and implemented jointly by the lead agency and the State educational agency, under which parents of children with disabilities who are eligible for services under 20 U.S.C. 1419 and previously received services under this part, may choose the continuation of early intervention services (which includes an educational component that promotes school readiness and incorporates preliteracy, language, and numeracy skills) for such children under this part until such children enter, or are eligible under State law to enter, kindergarten.The statewide system ensures that--
    1. parents of children with disabilities served pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 1435(c) are provided annual notice that contains--
      1. a description of the rights of such parents to elect to receive services pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 1435(c) or under Part B; and
      2. an explanation of the differences between services provided pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 1435(c) and services provided under Part B, including--
        1. types of services and the locations at which the services are provided;
        2. applicable procedural safeguards; and
        3. possible costs (including any fees to be charged to families as described in 20 U.S.C. 1432(4)(B)), if any, to parents of infants or toddlers with disabilities;
    2. services provided pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 1435(c) include an educational component that promotes school readiness and incorporates preliteracy, language, and numeracy skills;
    3. the State policy will not affect the right of any child served pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 1435(c) to instead receive a free appropriate public education under Part B;
    4. all early intervention services outlined in the child's individualized family service plan under 20 U.S.C. 1436 are continued while any eligibility determination is being made for services under 20 U.S.C. 1435(c);
    5. the parents of infants or toddlers with disabilities (as defined in 20 U.S.C. 1432(5)(A)) provide informed written consent to the State, before such infants or toddlers reach 3 years of age, as to whether such parents intend to choose the continuation of early intervention services pursuant to 20 U.S.C. 1435(c) for such infants or toddlers;
    6. the requirements under 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(9) shall not apply with respect to a child who is receiving services in accordance with 20 U.S.C. 1435(c) until not less than 90 days (and at the discretion of the parties to the conference, not more than 9 months) before the time the child will no longer receive those services; and
    7. there will be a referral for evaluation for early intervention services of a child who experiences a substantiated case of trauma due to exposure to family violence (as defined in section 320 of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act).

    The State shall submit to the Secretary, in the State's report under 20 U.S.C. 1437(b)(4)(A), a report on the number and percentage of children with disabilities who are eligible for services under 20 U.S.C. 1419 but whose parents choose for such children to continue to receive early intervention services under this part.The policy shall include a description of the funds (including an identification as Federal, State, or local funds) that will be used to ensure that the option described 20 U.S.C. 1435(c)(1) is available to eligible children and families who provide the consent described in 20 U.S.C. 1435(c)(2)(E), including fees (if any) to be charged to families as described in 20 U.S.C. 1432(4)(B).

    In accordance with 20 U.S.C. 1435(c)(5)(A), when providing services to a child with a disability who is eligible for services under 20 U.S.C. 1419 the State is not required to provide the child with a free appropriate public education under Part B for the period of time in which the child is receiving services under Part C.

    • The State has not exercised this option.
  4. The State has chosen to meet the requirement to establish financial responsibility for early intervention services under 20 U.S.C. 1440(b)(1) through 'appropriate written methods' under 20 U.S.C. 1440(b)(3)(C) other than State statute or regulation or signed interagency agreements.
    • The State has not exercised this option.

Descriptions

  1. As required by Section 427 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), the State has identified barriers and developed strategies to address the barriers and has provided a description of the steps the State is taking to ensure equitable access to, and participation in Part C.
    • Policy and/or Procedure is already 'On File' with the USDE
  2. As required in 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(3)(B), the State has provided a description of early intervention services to be provided to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families through the statewide system.
    • Policy and/or Procedure is already 'On File' with the USDE
  3. As required in 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(5), the State has provided a description of the uses for which funds will be expended in accordance with this part. (See Section III. If the State is submitting a completed Section III, check 'N' under the 'Yes' column to the left.)
    • Policy and/or Procedure is already 'On File' with the USDE
  4. As required in 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(7) the State has provided a description of the procedures used to ensure that resources are made available under this part for all geographic areas within the State.
    • Policy and/or Procedure is already 'On File' with the USDE
  5. As required in 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(8) the State has provided a description of the policies and procedures used to ensure that, prior to the adoption by the State of any other policy or procedure necessary to meet the requirements of this part, there are public hearings, adequate notice of the hearings, and an opportunity for comment available to the general public, including individuals with disabilities and parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities.
    • Policy and/or Procedure is already 'On File' with the USDE
  6. As required in 20 U.S.C. 1437(a)(10) the State has provided a description of State efforts to promote collaboration among Early Head Start programs under section 645A of the Head Start Act, early education and child care programs, and services under Part C.
    • (Policies, procedures, methods, and descriptions have not been provided. Provide date by which State will submit to OSEP required documentation, which date shall be no later than June 30, 2009.) - Comment: As soon as possible but no later then June 2009