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retain the phrase “as soon as possible” because it conveys

a sense of urgency that referrals be made to the Part C program in a timely manner. Therefore, we have retained

the “as soon as possible” language and added a maximum

timeline to new §303.303(a)(2)(i) (proposed §303.302(a)(2)

(i)) to require that a child be referred as soon as possible, but in no case more than seven days, after the child has been identified. We realize that in some cases an earlier referral may be reasonable, but establishing a maximum timeline of seven days provides more flexibility to primary referral sources for making referrals than the

timeline under current §303.321(d)(2)(ii). Moreover, the

new timeline requires primary referral sources to refer children as soon as possible.

Changes: We have revised new §303.303(a)(2)(i) (proposed

§303.302(a)(2)(i)) to require primary referral sources to

refer a child to the Part C program as soon as possible, but in no case more than seven calendar days after the child has been identified.

Comment: One commenter opposed the requirement in proposed

§303.302(b) that the lead agency adopt procedures requiring

the referral of specific at-risk children. The commenter stated that this provision does not reflect congressional intent to ensure that these children are screened, either