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the family assessment is completed within the 45-day timeline, if the parent concurs, as long as the parent is available.

Comment: Two commenters recommended that, rather than

changing the triggering event for the 45-day timeline from

referral to parental consent, the Department should use its authority under section 618 of the Act to collect information related to the reasons for, and the scope of

problems related to, a lead agency’s failure to meet the

45-day timeline requirement. A few commenters recommended

that new §303.310 (proposed §303.320(e)) require States to

report on the timelines in new §303.310 (proposed

§303.320(e)) as part of the State’s application.

Discussion: As previously discussed, we have retained the

current 45-day timeline from the date of a child’s referral

to the Part C program for lead agencies and EIS providers

to complete the child’s initial evaluation, initial

assessment, and initial IFSP meeting. Concerning

commenters’ requests that this timeline be reported in each

State’s application, States already report to the

Department data on implementing the 45-day timeline and reasons for any delay in meeting this timeline. One of the indicators that each State is required to report on in its SPP/APR is compliance with this 45-day timeline. Each