Annual State Application under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act as Amended in 2004

Federal Fiscal Year 2014

United States Department of Education
Office of Special Education Programs
Washington, DC 20202-2600

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OMB NO. 1820-0550

Expires: 08/31/2014

CFDA No. 84.181A


Section II

A. State Policies, Procedures, Methods, and Descriptions

As checked below, the State hereby declares that it has or has not filed the following policies, procedures, methods, and descriptions with the U.S. Department of Education, and, as of the date of the signature below, affirms and incorporates by reference those policies, procedures, methods, and descriptions with respect to Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA or Act) in 20 U.S.C. 1431 - 1443 and the final Part C regulations in 34 CFR Part 303 (Part C). By submission of this Section II, the State assures that throughout the period of this FFY 2014 grant award, the State will operate consistent with all requirements of Part C of the IDEA in 20 U.S.C. 1431 through 1443 and the final Part C regulations in 34 CFR Part 303. The State will develop and/or make such changes to existing policies, procedures, methods, descriptions, and assurances as are necessary to bring the policies, procedures, methods, descriptions, and assurances into compliance with the requirements of the IDEA Part C Act and final regulations by the date indicated below and not later than June 30, 2015.

Explanation of Entries

Dates were to be checked and entered, as applicable. Relevant documents are to be included with submission.

  • Yes means if New or Revised is checked, the State is submitting policies,  procedures, methods, and descriptions with this application. If already 'On File with OSEP', check OF.

In addition to indicating Yes, the following details are to be provided.

  • 'New' means the Policy and/or Procedure is new to OSEP
  • Revised means previous submissions on Policy and/or Procedure have been revised
  • On File means Policy and/or Procedure has been previously submitted is with the USDE.


  • No means policies, procedures, methods, and descriptions have not been provided. A date must be provided by which State will submit to OSEP required documentation.  Date shall be no later than June 30, 2015.
  • Not Applicable means selection does not apply to Illinois Early Intervention Program.

Subpart C - State Policies and Procedures

Number Response State Policies, Procedures, Methods, and Descriptions
1. Yes, On File Each application must include the name of the State lead agency, as designated under §303.120, that will be responsible for the administration of funds provided under this part. (34 CFR §303.201)
2. No, June 30, 2015 Each application must include a description of services to be provided under Part C to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families through the State's system. (34 CFR §303.203(a))
3. Yes, On File

Each application must include the State's policies and procedures regarding the identification and coordination of all available resources within the State from Federal, State, local, and private sources as required under subpart F of 34 CFR Part 303.

The State must have policies and procedures that meet the requirements listed in 3(a) and the methods identified in 3(b), and must provide responses to those entries. If the State has not adopted a system of payments, it may respond "NA" to 3(a).

3a. No, June 30, 2015

If the State has adopted a system of payments, each application must include any policies or procedures adopted by the State as its system of payments and those policies and procedures must meet the requirements in §§303.510, 303.520 and 303.521 (regarding the use of public insurance or benefits, private insurance, or family costs or fees).  (34 CFR §303.203(b)(1))

The policies and procedures listed in 3(a) are optional. Enter 'NA' in the cells to the left if the State has elected not to adopt a system of payments (which includes a system to use public insurance or benefits or private insurance or family fees to pay for Part C services); otherwise check the appropriate response under the 'Yes' column and, if checking 'N' or 'R', attach policies and procedures.

The State's response under 3(a) of Section II.A must match the State's response under Section IV.A.

3b. No, June 30, 2015

Each application must include the methods (State law, regulation, signed interagency or intra-agency agreements or other appropriate written method(s) approved by the Secretary) used by the State to implement the payor of last resort and fiscal responsibility requirements in §303.511(b)(2) and (3).  (34 CFR §303.203(b)(2))

If the State uses signed interagency agreements or "other appropriate written method(s)" to meet the requirements in 3(b), please check 'N' or 'R' and submit with the application. If the State's method is a State statute or regulation, the State does not need to submit that method (the statute or regulation) with its application.

4. No, June 30, 2015

Each application must include the State's rigorous definition of developmental delay as required under §§303.10 and 303.111. Each Statewide system must include the State's rigorous definition of developmental delay, consistent with §§303.10 and 303.203(c), that will be used by the State in carrying out programs under Part C of the Act in order to appropriately identify infants and toddlers with disabilities who are in need of services under Part C of the Act. The definition must--

(a) Describe, for each of the areas listed in §303.21(a)(1), the evaluation and assessment procedures, consistent with §303.321, that will be used to measure a child's development; and

(b) Specify the level of developmental delay in functioning or other comparable criteria that constitute a developmental delay in one or more of the developmental areas identified in §303.21(a)(1).

(34 CFR §§303.203(c) & 303.111)

5. No, June 30, 2015

If the State provides services under Part C to at-risk infants and toddlers through the statewide system, the application must include--

(a) The State's definition of at-risk infants and toddlers with disabilities who are eligible in the State for services under Part C (consistent with §§303.5 and 303.21(b)); and

(b) A description of the early intervention services provided under Part C to at-risk infants and toddlers with disabilities who meet the State's definition described in §303.204(a).

(34 CFR §303.204).

The policies and procedures listed in 5 are optional (i.e., they only apply if the State opts to serve at-risk children). Enter 'NA' in the cells to the left if the State has elected not to provide services under Part C to at-risk infants and toddlers; otherwise check the appropriate response under the 'Yes' column and, if checking 'N' or 'R', attach the definition and description.

6. Yes, New Each State application must include a description of the State's use of funds under Part C for the fiscal year or years covered by the application. The description must be presented separately for the lead agency and the State Interagency Coordinating Council (Council), and include the information required in attached Section III of this application. (34 CFR §303.205)
7. No, June 30, 2015 Each application must include the State's policies and procedures that require the referral for early intervention services under Part C of specific children under the age of three, as described in §303.303(b) (which includes children who are the subject of a substantiated case of abuse or neglect, or directly affected by illegal substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure). (34 CFR §303.206)
8. Yes, On File Each application must include a description of the procedure used by the State to ensure that resources are made available under Part C for all geographic areas within the State. (34 CFR §303.207)
9. No, June 30, 2015

Each application must include a description of the policies and procedures used by the State to ensure that, before adopting any new policy or procedure (including any revision to an existing policy or procedure) needed to comply with Part C of the Act and 34 CFR Part 303, the lead agency--

(1) Holds public hearings on the new policy or procedure (including any revision to an existing policy or procedure);

(2) Provides notice of the hearings held in accordance with §303.208(b)(1) at least 30 days before the hearings are conducted to enable public participation; and

(3) Provides an opportunity for the general public, including individuals with disabilities, parents of infants and toddlers with disabilities, EIS providers, and the members of the Council, to comment for at least 30 days on the new policy or procedure (including any revision to an existing policy or procedure) needed to comply with Part C of the Act and 34 CFR Part 303.

(34 CFR §303.208(b))

10. No, June 30, 2015

(a) Application Requirements: Each State must include the following in its application:

(1) A description of the policies and procedures it will use to ensure a smooth transition for infants and toddlers with disabilities under the age of three and their families from receiving early intervention services under Part C to preschool or other appropriate services (for toddlers with disabilities) or exiting the program for infants and toddlers with disabilities.

(2) A description of how the State will meet each requirement in §303.209(b) through (f).

(3) (i)(A) If the lead agency is not the SEA, an interagency agreement between the lead agency and the SEA; or (B) If the lead agency is the SEA, an intra-agency agreement between the program within that agency that administers Part C of the Act and the program within the agency that administers section 619 of the Act

 (ii) To ensure a seamless transition between services under Part C and under Part B of the Act, an interagency agreement under paragraph (a)(3)(i)(A) of this section or an intra-agency agreement under paragraph (a)(3)(i)(B) of this section must address how the lead agency and the SEA will meet the requirements of paragraphs (b) through (f) of this section (including any policies adopted by the lead agency under §303.401(d) and (e)), §303.344(h), and 34 CFR 300.101(b), 300.124, 300.321(f) and 300.323(b).

(4) Any policy the lead agency has adopted under §303.401(d) and (e).

(b) Notification to the SEA and appropriate LEA. The State must ensure that--

(1) Subject to paragraph (b)(4) of this section, not fewer than 90 days before the third birthday of the toddler with a disability if that toddler may be eligible for preschool services under Part B of the Act, the lead agency notifies the SEA and the LEA for the area in which the toddler resides that the toddler on his or her third birthday will reach the age of eligibility for services under Part B of the Act, as determined in accordance with State law; or

(2) Subject to paragraph (b)(4) of this section, if the lead agency determines that the toddler is eligible for early intervention services under Part C of the Act more than 45 but less than 90 days before that toddler's third birthday and if that toddler may be eligible for preschool services under Part B of the Act, the lead agency, as soon as possible after determining the child's eligibility, notifies the SEA and the LEA for the area in which the toddler with a disability resides that the toddler on his or her third birthday will reach the age of eligibility for services under Part B of the Act, as determined in accordance with State law; or

(3) Subject to paragraph (b)(4) of this section, if a toddler is referred to the lead agency fewer than 45 days before that toddler's third birthday and that toddler may be eligible for preschool services under Part B of the Act, the lead agency, with parental consent required under §303.414, refers the toddler to the SEA and the LEA for the area in which the toddler resides; but, the lead agency is not required to conduct an evaluation, assessment, or an initial IFSP meeting under these circumstances;

(4) The notification required under paragraphs (b)(1), (2), and (3) of this section is consistent with any policy that the State has adopted, under §303.401(e), permitting a parent to object to disclosure of personally identifiable information.

(c) Conference to discuss services. The State must ensure that-

(1) If a toddler with a disability may be eligible for preschool services under Part B of the Act, the lead agency, with the approval of the family of the toddler, convenes a conference, among the lead agency, the family, and the LEA not fewer than 90 days--and, at the discretion of all of the parties, not more than 9 months--before the toddler's third birthday to discuss any services the toddler may receive under Part B of the Act.

(2) If a toddler with a disability is determined to not be potentially eligible for preschool services under Part B of the Act, the lead agency, with the approval of the family of that toddler, makes reasonable efforts to convene a conference among the lead agency, the family, and providers of other appropriate services for the toddler to discuss appropriate services that the toddler may receive.

(d) Transition plan. The State must ensure that for all toddlers with disabilities -

(1) (i) It reviews the program options for the toddler with a disability for the period from the toddler's third birthday through the remainder of the school year; and

(ii) Each family of a toddler with a disability who is served under Part C is included in the development of the transition plan required under this section and §303.344(h);

(2) It establishes a transition plan in the IFSP not fewer than 90 days--and, at the discretion of all of the parties, not more than 9 months--before the toddler's third birthday; and

(3) The transition plan in the IFSP includes, consistent with §303.344(h), as appropriate-

(i) Steps for the toddler with a disability and his or her family to exit from the Part C program; and

(ii) Any transition services that the IFSP Team identifies as needed by that toddler and his or her family.

(e) Transition conference and plan meeting requirements. Any conference conducted under paragraph (c) of this section or meeting to develop the transition plan under paragraph (d) of this section (which conference and meeting may be combined into one meeting) must meet the requirements in §§303.342(d) and (e) and 303.343(a).

(f)   Applicability of transition requirements.

(1) The transition requirements in paragraphs (b)(1) and (2), (c)(1), and (d) of this section apply to all toddlers with disabilities receiving services under this part before those toddlers turn age three, including any toddler with a disability under the age of three who is served by a State that offers services under §303.211.

(2) In a State that offers services under §303.211, for toddlers with disabilities identified in paragraph (b)(1) of this section, the parent must be provided at the transition conference conducted under paragraph (c)(1) of this section: (i) An explanation, consistent with §303.211(b)(1)(ii), of the toddler's options to continue to receive early intervention services under this part or preschool services under section 619 of the Act; (ii) The initial annual notice referenced in §303.211(b)(1). (3) For children with disabilities age three and older who receive services pursuant to §303.211, the State must ensure that it satisfies the separate transition requirements in §303.211(b)(6)(ii).

(34 CFR §303.209)

11. No, June 30, 2015 Each application must contain a description of State efforts to promote collaboration among Head Start and Early Head Start programs under the Head Start Act (42 U.S.C. 9801, et seq., as amended), early education and child care programs, and services under Part C. (34 CFR §303.210)
12. Yes, On File Each application must include, as required by Section 427 of the General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), a description of how 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. (34 CFR §303.212(a))
13. Not Applicable

 (a) (1) A State may elect to include in its application for a grant under Part C a State policy, developed and implemented jointly by the lead agency and the SEA, under which a parent of a child with a disability who is eligible for preschool services under section 619 of the Act and who previously received early intervention services under Part C, may choose the continuation of early intervention services under Part C for his or her child after the child turns three until the child enters, or is eligible under State law to enter, kindergarten or elementary school.

(2) A State that adopts the policy described in paragraph (a)(1) of this section may determine whether it applies to children with disabilities--

(i) From age three until the beginning of the school year following the child's third birthday;

(ii) From age three until the beginning of the school year following the child's fourth birthday; or

(iii) From age three until the beginning of the school year following the child's fifth birthday.

(3) However, in no case may a State provide services under this section beyond the age at which the child actually enrolls in, or is eligible under State law to enter, kindergarten or elementary school in the State.

(b) Requirements. If a State's application for a grant under Part C includes the State policy described in paragraph (a) of this section, the system must ensure the following:

(1) Parents of children with disabilities who are eligible for services under section 619 of the Act and who previously received early intervention services under Part C will be provided annual notice (the initial annual notice must be provided as set forth in §303.209(f)(2)(ii)) that contains--

(i) A description of the rights of the parents to elect to receive services pursuant to §303.211 or under Part B of the Act; and

(ii) An explanation of the differences between services provided pursuant to §303.211 and services provided under Part B of the Act, including--

(A) The types of services and the locations at which the services are provided;

(B)  The procedural safeguards that apply; and

(C) Possible costs (including the costs or fees to be charged to families as described in §§303.520 and 303.521), if any, to parents; and

(2) Consistent with §303.344(d), services provided pursuant to §303.211 will include an educational component that promotes school readiness and incorporates preliteracy, language, and numeracy skills.

(3) The State policy ensures that any child served pursuant to this section has the right, at any time, to receive FAPE (as that term is defined at §303.15) under Part B of the Act instead of early intervention services under Part C of the Act under §303.211.

(4) The lead agency must continue to provide all early intervention services identified in the toddler with a disability's IFSP under §303.344 (and consented to by the parent under §303.342(e)) beyond age three until that toddler's initial eligibility determination under Part B of the Act is made under 34 CFR §300.306. This provision does not apply if the LEA has requested parental consent for the initial evaluation under §300.300(a) and the parent has not provided that consent.

(5) The lead agency must obtain informed consent from the parent of any child with a disability for the continuation of early intervention services pursuant to this section for that child. Consent must be obtained before the child reaches three years of age, where practicable.

(6)(i) For toddlers with disabilities under the age of three in a State that offers services under this section, the lead agency ensures that the transition requirements in §303.209(b)(1) and (2), (c)(1) and (d) are met.

(ii) For toddlers with disabilities age three and older in a State that offers services under this section, the lead agency ensures a smooth transition from services under this section to preschool, kindergarten or elementary school by:

(A) Providing the SEA and LEA where the child resides, consistent with any State policy adopted under §303.401(e), the information listed in §303.401(d)(1) not fewer than 90 days before the child will no longer be eligible under subsection (a)(2) of this section to receive early intervention services under this section;

(B) With the approval of the parents of the child, convening a transition conference, among the lead agency, the parents, and the LEA, not fewer than 90 days--and, at the discretion of all parties, not more than 9 months--before the child will no longer be eligible under subsection (a)(2) of this section to receive, or will no longer receive, early intervention services under this section, to discuss any services that the child may receive under Part B of the Act; and

(C) Establishing a transition plan in the IFSP not fewer than 90 days--and, at the discretion of all parties, not more than 9 months--before the child will no longer be eligible under subsection (a)(2) of this section to receive, or no longer receives, early intervention services under this section.

(7) In States that adopt the option to make services under Part C available to children ages three and older pursuant to §303.211, there will be a referral to the Part C system, dependent upon parental consent, of a child under the age of three who directly 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, 42 U.S.C. 10401, et seq.

(c) Reporting requirement. If a State includes in its application a State policy described in §303.211(a), the State must submit to the Secretary, in the State's report under §303.124, the number and percentage of children with disabilities who are eligible for services under section 619 of the Act but whose parents choose for their children to continue to receive early intervention services under §303.211.

(d) Available funds. The State policy described in §303.211(a) must describe the funds--including an identification as Federal, State, or local funds--that will be used to ensure that the option described in §303.211(a) is available to eligible children and families who provide the consent described in §303.211(b)(5), including fees, if any, to be charged to families as described in §§303.520 and 303.521.

(e) Rules of construction. (1) If a statewide system includes a State policy described in §303.211(a), a State that provides services in accordance with this section to a child with a disability who is eligible for services under section 619 of the Act will not be required to provide the child FAPE under Part B of the Act for the period of time in which the child is receiving services under §303.211.

(2) Nothing in this section may be construed to require a provider of services under Part C to provide a child served under Part C with FAPE.

(34 CFR §303.211)

The policies and procedures listed in 13 are optional. Enter 'NA' in the cells to the left if the State has elected not to develop and implement a policy under 34 CFR §303.211 to make Part C services to children beyond age three; otherwise check the appropriate response under the 'Yes' column and, if checking 'N' or 'R', attach policies and procedures.

B. Assurances and Optional Assurance

The State makes the following assurances and provisions as required by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (20 U.S.C. 1431 et. seq.; 34 CFR §§303.101-126; 303.220; 303.227)

Below the State must indicate the date compliance will be complete as applicable.  When Yes is selected, the State is indicating that the Assurance is being provided. When No is selected, the State is indicating that the Assurance cannot be ensured at this time, but is required to provide a date of when the State will complete changes in order to provide Assurance.

Subpart B - Assurances - (20 U.S.C. 1434; 1435; and 1437(b); 34 CFR §§303.101-126; 303.220; 303.227) Response
Yes or
No, with date

1. The State has adopted a policy that appropriate early intervention services, as defined in 34 CFR §303.13, are available to all infants and toddlers with disabilities in the State and their families, including--

(a) Indian infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families residing on a reservation geographically located in the State;

(b) Infants and toddlers with disabilities who are homeless children and their families; and

(c) Infants and toddlers with disabilities who are wards of the State.

(34 CFR §303.101(a))

Yes
2. The State has in effect a statewide system of early intervention services that meets the requirements of section 635 of the Act, including policies and procedures that address, at a minimum, the components required in 34 CFR §§303.111 through 303.126. (34 CFR §303.101(a)) Yes
3. The State ensures that any State rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to 34 CFR Part 303 conform to the purposes and requirements of 34 CFR Part 303. (34 CFR §303.102) No,
June 30, 2015
4. Each statewide system (system) must include, at a minimum, the components described in §§303.111 through 303.126. (34 CFR §303.110) Yes

5. The State has a policy in effect that ensures that appropriate early intervention services are based on scientifically based research, to the extent practicable, and are available to all infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, including-

(a) Indian infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families residing on a reservation geographically located in the State; and

(b) Infants and toddlers with disabilities who are homeless children and their families. (34 CFR §303.112)

Yes

6. (a) The Statewide system ensures the performance of--

(1) A timely, comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation of the functioning of each infant or toddler with a disability in the State; and

(2) A family-directed identification of the needs of the family of the infant or toddler to assist appropriately in the development of the infant or toddler.

(b) The evaluation and family-directed identification required in paragraph (a) of this section must meet the requirements of 34 CFR §303.321.

(34 CFR §303.113)

Yes
7. The Statewide system ensures that, for each infant or toddler with a disability and his or her family in the State, an IFSP, as defined in 34 CFR §303.20, is developed and implemented that meets the requirements of 34 CFR §§303.340 through 303.345 and that includes service coordination services, as defined in 34 CFR §303.34. (34 CFR §303.114) Yes
8. The Statewide system includes a comprehensive child find system that meets the requirements in 34 CFR §§303.302 and 303.303. (34 CFR §303.115) Yes

9. The Statewide system includes a public awareness program that--

(a) Focuses on the early identification of infants and toddlers with disabilities; and

(b) Provides information to parents of infants and toddlers through primary referral sources in accordance with 34 CFR §303.301.

(34 CFR §303.116)

Yes

10. The Statewide system includes a central directory that is accessible to the general public (i.e., through the lead agency's Web site and other appropriate means) and includes accurate, up-to-date information about:

(a) Public and private early intervention services, resources, and experts available in the State;

(b) Professional and other groups (including parent support and training and information centers, such as those funded under the Act) that provide assistance to infants and toddlers with disabilities eligible under Part C of the Act and their families; and

(c) Research and demonstration projects being conducted in the State relating to infants and toddlers with disabilities.

(34 CFR §303.117)

Yes

11. The Statewide system includes a comprehensive system of personnel development, including the training of paraprofessionals and the training of primary referral sources with respect to the basic components of early intervention services available in the State. The State's comprehensive system of personnel development--

(a) Includes--

(1) Training personnel to implement innovative strategies and activities for the recruitment and retention of EIS providers;

(2) Promoting the preparation of EIS providers who are fully and appropriately qualified to provide early intervention services under Part C; and

(3) Training personnel to coordinate transition services for infants and toddlers with disabilities who are transitioning from an early intervention services program under Part C of the Act to a preschool program under section 619 of the Act, Head Start, Early Head Start, an elementary school program under Part B of the Act, or another appropriate program.

(b) May include--

(1) Training personnel to work in rural and inner-city areas;

(2) Training personnel in the emotional and social development of young children;

(3) Training personnel to support families in participating fully in the development and implementation of the child's IFSP; and

(4) Training personnel who provide services under this part using standards that are consistent with early learning personnel development standards funded under the State Advisory Council on Early Childhood Education and Care established under the Head Start Act, if applicable. (34 CFR §303.118)

Yes

12. The Statewide system includes policies and procedures relating to the establishment and maintenance of qualification standards to ensure that personnel necessary to carry out the purposes of Part C are appropriately and adequately prepared and trained. These policies and procedures provide for the establishment and maintenance of qualification standards that are consistent with any State-approved or State-recognized certification, licensing, registration, or other comparable requirements that apply to the profession, discipline, or area in which personnel are providing early intervention services. Nothing in Part C of the Act may be construed to prohibit the use of paraprofessionals and assistants who are appropriately trained and supervised in accordance with State law, regulation, or written policy, to assist in the provision of early intervention services under Part C of the Act to infants and toddlers with disabilities.

(34 CFR §303.119(a) - (c))

Yes

13. The Statewide system includes a single line of responsibility in a lead agency designated or established by the Governor that is responsible for the following--

(a)(1) The general administration and supervision of programs and activities administered by agencies, institutions, organizations, and EIS providers receiving assistance under Part C of the Act; and

(2) The monitoring of programs and activities used by the State to carry out Part C of the Act (whether or not the programs or activities are administered by agencies, institutions, organizations, and EIS providers that are receiving assistance under Part C of the Act), to ensure that the State complies with Part C of the Act, including--

(i) Monitoring agencies, institutions, organizations, and EIS providers used by the State to carry out Part C of the Act;

(ii) Enforcing any obligations imposed on those agencies, institutions, organizations, and EIS providers under Part C of the Act and 34 CFR Part 303;

(iii) Providing technical assistance, if necessary, to those agencies, institutions, organizations and EIS providers;

(iv) Correcting any noncompliance identified through monitoring as soon as possible and in no case later than one year after the lead agency's identification of the noncompliance; and

(v) Conducting the activities in paragraphs (a)(2)(i) through (a)(2)(iv) of this section, consistent with 34 CFR §§303.700 through 303.707, and any other activities required by the State under those sections.

(b) The identification and coordination of all available resources for early intervention services within the State, including those from Federal, State, local, and private sources, consistent with subpart F of 34 CFR Part 303.

(c) The assignment of financial responsibility in accordance with subpart F of 34 CFR Part 303.

(d) The development of procedures in accordance with subpart F of 34 CFR Part 303 to ensure that early intervention services are provided to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families under Part C of the Act in a timely manner, pending the resolution of any disputes among public agencies or EIS providers.

(e) The resolution of intra- and interagency disputes in accordance with subpart F of 34 CFR Part 303.

(f) The entry into formal interagency agreements or other written methods of establishing financial responsibility, consistent with 34 CFR §303.511, that define the financial responsibility of each agency for paying for early intervention services (consistent with State law) and procedures for resolving disputes and that include all additional components necessary to ensure meaningful cooperation and coordination as set forth in subpart F of 34 CFR Part 303.

(34 CFR §303.120)

Yes

14. The Statewide system includes a policy pertaining to the contracting or making of other arrangements with public or private individuals or agency service providers to provide early intervention services in the State, consistent with the provisions of Part C of the Act and 34 CFR Part 303, including the contents of the application, and the conditions of the contract or other arrangements.
The policy --

(a) Includes a requirement that all early intervention services must meet State standards and be consistent with the provisions of Part C; and

(b) Is consistent with the Education Department General Administrative Regulations in 34 CFR Part 80.

(34 CFR §303.121)

Yes
15. The Statewide system includes procedures for securing the timely reimbursement of funds used under Part C of the Act, in accordance with subpart F of 34 CFR Part 303. (34 CFR §303.122) Yes
16. The Statewide system includes procedural safeguards that meet the requirements of subpart E of 34 CFR Part 303. (34 CFR §303.123) Yes

17. The Statewide system includes a system for compiling and reporting timely and accurate data that meets the requirements of 34 CFR §§303.700 through 303.702 and 303.720 through 303.724 and the following requirements. The data system includes a description of the process that the State uses, or will use, to compile data on infants or toddlers with disabilities receiving early intervention services under Part C, including a description of the State's sampling methods, if sampling is used, for reporting the data required by the Secretary under sections 616 and 618 of the IDEA and 34 CFR §§303.700 through 303.707 and 303.720 through 303.724.

(34 CFR §303.124)

Yes
18. The Statewide system includes a State Interagency Coordinating Council (Council) that meets the requirements of subpart G of 34 CFR Part 303.  (34 CFR §303.125) Yes

19. The Statewide system includes policies and procedures to ensure, consistent with 34 CFR §§303.13(a)(8) (early intervention services), 303.26 (natural environments), and 303.344(d)(1)(ii) (content of an IFSP), that early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities are provided--

(a) To the maximum extent appropriate, in natural environments; and

(b) In settings other than the natural environment that are most appropriate, as determined by the parent and the IFSP Team, only when early intervention services cannot be achieved satisfactorily in a natural environment.

(34 CFR §303.126)

Yes
20. The Statewide system ensures that Federal funds made available to the State under section 643 of the Act will be expended in accordance with the provisions of 34 CFR Part 303, including §§303.500 and 303.501.  (34 CFR §303.221) Yes
21. The Statewide system will comply with the requirements in §§303.510 and 303.511 in subpart F of this part. (34 CFR §303.222) Yes

22. The Statewide system ensures that--

(a) The control of funds provided under 34 CFR Part 303, and title to property acquired with those funds, will be in a public agency for the uses and purposes provided in 34 CFR Part 303; and

(b) A public agency will administer the funds and property.

(34 CFR §303.223)

Yes

23. The Statewide system ensures that it will--

(a) Make reports in the form and containing the information that the Secretary may require; and

(b) Keep records and afford access to those records as the Secretary may find necessary to ensure compliance with the requirements of 34 CFR Part 303, the correctness and verification of reports, and the proper disbursement of funds provided under 34 CFR Part 303.

(34 CFR §303.224)

Yes

24. The Statewide system ensures that -

(a) Federal funds made available under section 643 of the Act to the State -

(1) Will not be commingled with State funds; and

(2) Will be used so as to supplement the level of State and local funds expended for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families and in no case to supplant those State and local funds.

(b) To meet the requirement in paragraph (a) of this section, the total amount of State and local funds budgeted for expenditures in the current fiscal year for early intervention services for children eligible under this part and their families must be at least equal to the total amount of State and local funds actually expended for early intervention services for these children and their families in the most recent preceding fiscal year for which the information is available. Allowance may be made for-

(1) A decrease in the number of infants and toddlers who are eligible to receive early intervention services under this part; and

(2) Unusually large amounts of funds expended for such long-term purposes as the acquisition of equipment and the construction of facilities.

(c) Requirement regarding indirect costs.

  (1) Except as provided in paragraph (c)(2) of this section, a lead  agency under this part may not charge indirect costs to its Part C  grant.

  (2) If approved by the lead agency's cognizant Federal agency or by the Secretary, the lead agency must charge indirect costs through either--

(i) A restricted indirect cost rate that meets the requirements in 34 CFR 76.560 through 76.569; or

(ii) A cost allocation plan that meets the non-supplanting requirements in paragraph (b) of this section and 34 CFR Part 76 of EDGAR.

(3) In charging indirect costs under paragraph (c)(2)(i) and (c)(2)(ii) of this section, the lead agency may not charge rent, occupancy, or space maintenance costs directly to the Part C grant, unless those costs are specifically approved in advance by the Secretary.

(34 CFR §303.225)

Yes

25. The Statewide system ensures that fiscal control and fund accounting procedures will be adopted as necessary to ensure proper disbursement of, and accounting for, Federal funds paid under 34 CFR Part 303.

(34 CFR §303.226)

Yes

26. The State ensures that policies and practices have been adopted to ensure that--

(a) Traditionally underserved groups, including minority, low-income, homeless, and rural families and children with disabilities who are wards of the State, are meaningfully involved in the planning and implementation of all the requirements of Part C; and

(b) These families have access to culturally competent services within their local geographical areas.

(34 CFR §303.227)

Yes
Assurance Regarding Optional Policy
Enter 'NA' in the cell to the left if this Assurance is not applicable to your State.
27. A State may adopt and has adopted a policy that includes making ongoing good-faith efforts to recruit and hire appropriately and adequately trained personnel to provide early intervention services to infants and toddlers with disabilities, including, in a geographic area of the State where there is a shortage of such personnel, the most qualified individuals available who are making satisfactory progress toward completing applicable course work necessary to meet the standards described in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section. (34 CFR §303.119(d)) Yes

C. Certifications

The State Lead Agency is providing the following certifications:

  1. The State certifies that ED Form 80-0013, Certification Regarding Lobbying, is on file with the Secretary of Education.
    With respect to the Certification Regarding Lobbying the State recertifies that no Federal appropriated funds have been paid or will be paid to any person for influencing or attempting to influence an officer or employee of any agency, a Member of Congress, an officer or employee of Congress, or an employee of a Member of Congress in connection with the making or renewal of Federal grants under this program; that the State shall complete and submit Standard Form-LLL, "Disclosure Form to Report Lobbying," when required (34 CFR Part 82, Appendix B); and that the State Agency shall require the full certification, as set forth in 34 CFR Part 82, Appendix A, in the award documents for all sub awards at all tiers.
  2. The State certifies that it has met the certifications in the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) at 34 CFR §80.11 relating to State eligibility, authority and approval to submit and carry out the provisions of its State application, and consistency of that application with State law are in place within the State.
  3. The State certifies that the arrangements to establish financial responsibility for the provision of Part C services among appropriate public agencies under §303.511 and the lead agency's contracts with EIS providers regarding financial responsibility for the provision of Part C services meet the requirements in §§303.500 through 303.521 and are current as of the date of submission of the certification.  (34 CFR §303.202)