IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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by a designated primary referral source or EIS provider, to determine whether a referral for an evaluation for early intervention services under Part C of the Act is warranted.
Discussion: The language in new §303.303(b) (proposed
§303.302(b)) is based on the statutory language in section
637(a)(6) of the Act, regarding the referral of a child under the age of 3 who is involved in a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect; or is identified as affected by illegal substance abuse, or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure.
As noted by the commenter, lead agencies may use a variety of methods to ensure the identification of specific at-risk infants and toddlers who may be infants and toddlers with disabilities eligible for services under Part
C of the Act. Under new §303.320 (proposed §303.303), the
lead agency may establish screening procedures for children under the age of three, including at-risk infants and toddlers, who have been referred to the Part C program. Primary referral sources also may choose to conduct screenings of at-risk infants and toddlers prior to
referring a child to the Part C program under new §303.303
(proposed §303.302). If a primary referral source conducts
a screening under the supervision of the lead agency in order to determine if a child is suspected of having a