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be consistent with professional scope of practice provisions in State practice laws (i.e., State statutes that govern the practices of specific professions).

Discussion: Section 303.119 requires the State to establish and maintain qualification standards that are consistent with State-approved professional standards. To maintain State flexibility in updating State qualification standards for Part C personnel, we will continue to require that these standards be consistent with the requirements of any State-approved or State-recognized certification, licensing, registration, or other comparable requirements that apply to the profession, discipline, or area that personnel are providing early intervention services.

Changes: None.

Use of paraprofessionals and assistants (§303.119(c))

Comment: Two commenters requested that paraprofessionals and assistants be required to meet the same State licensure requirements as early intervention service providers and that, in the absence of such a policy, States not be

allowed to create “State-certified paraprofessionals” or

“State-certified” assistants who might encroach upon the

practice of certified early intervention service providers. Two other commenters requested that this section clarify that States must comply with State laws governing the