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referral to the Part C program, establishing this separate timeline is unnecessary because the Department has adopted a 45-day timeline that runs from the date of referral, not the date parental consent is obtained.

Changes: We have redesignated proposed §303.320(e) as new

§303.310(a) and revised it to require that, within 45 days

after the lead agency or EIS provider receives a referral, the screening (if the State has adopted a policy and elects, and the parent consents, to conduct a screening of a child), initial evaluation, initial assessments, and initial IFSP meeting must be conducted. We have deleted

the language from proposed §303.320(e)(1)(ii) regarding the

lead agency obtaining parental consent as soon as possible

after receiving the child’s referral.

We have clarified in §303.310(a) that the 45-day

timeline applies to the screening conducted under new

§303.320, if applicable; initial evaluation (described in

new §303.321(a)(2)(i) as the child’s evaluation to

determine his or her initial eligibility under this part), initial assessments of the child and family under

§303.321(a)(2)(ii); and initial IFSP meeting under

§303.342.

We also have added new §303.310(b) to identify two

limited exceptions to the 45-day timeline. These