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Discussion: Section 637(a) of the Act only requires the referral for early intervention services of a child under the age of three 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. While not required under the Act, a State may choose to require the referral for evaluation of the children identified by the commenter (i.e., those who have been abandoned, affected by alcohol abuse, including prenatal alcohol exposure; or exposed to family violence or dangerous levels of lead paint).

However, we do not wish to limit a State’s flexibility to

assess the unique needs in the State, and identify accordingly, other subgroups that may be determined to be at-risk and require a referral for evaluation. Thus, we decline to revise the regulations as requested by the commenter.

Changes: None.

Comment: A few commenters opposed new §303.303(b)(1)

(proposed §303.302(b)(1)), which requires the referral of a

child under the age of three who is involved in a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect. One commenter stated that this requirement is vague and inconsistent with the explanation provided in the preamble