IDEA 2004: Building the Legacy
Part C (birth - 2 years old)
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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