Timeliness of Part C services

Timeliness of Part C services

Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) are early intervention plans for children, ages birth to three, who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IFSP documents the child’s level of development, desired outcomes, and services to meet those goals. It is unique in that it uses a family-focused lens. This approach requires a partnership between the family and professionals to create an early intervention that is respectful of the child and family’s values and practices.
The federal Program for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities (Part C of IDEA) requires that the initial evaluation, assessment of the family and child, and an initial IFSP meeting take place within 45 days of receiving a child’s referral.
The denominator is the number of eligible infants and toddlers evaluated and assessed for whom an initial IFSP meeting was required to be conducted. The numerator is the number of eligible infants and toddlers with IFSPs for whom an initial evaluation and assessment and an initial IFSP meeting was conducted within Part C’s 45-day timeline. Infants and toddlers whose services were delayed due to exceptional family circumstances are counted as meeting the 45-day timeline.

Minke, K. M., & Scott, M. M. (1993). The development of individualized family service plans: Roles for parents and staff. The Journal of Special Education, 27(1), 82-106. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ465360
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 303.310 (2014). https://sites.ed.gov/idea/regs/c/d/303.310

Source:
The Office of Special Education Programs. (OSEP) (2021). 2021 SPP/APR and State Determination Letters PART C. https://sites.ed.gov/idea/spp-apr-letters

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