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from parental consent for the initial evaluation.

Many commenters supported proposed §303.320(e), which

stated that the evaluation, assessment, and initial IFSP meeting must be completed within 45 days from the date the

lead agency obtains parental consent for the child’s

evaluation. These commenters preferred this timeline to

the 45-day timeline in current §303.322(e), which commences

not on the date the lead agency obtains parental consent, but rather on the date it receives the referral of the child. These commenters argued that, given the complexity of the post-referral process, adding more time to the period between referral and the initial IFSP meeting was appropriate.

A few commenters recommended that, if the Department

adopted proposed §303.320(e), the Department should add a

separate timeline for the time period between referral and when the lead agency must obtain parental consent and suggested timelines for this period ranging from 2 to 30

days or "as soon as possible."

Many other commenters opposed the 45-day timeline in

proposed §303.320(e). These commenters expressed concern

that having the 45-day timeline triggered by the date the lead agency obtains parental consent, rather than the date

the lead agency receives the child’s referral, could result