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culturally discriminatory and must permit qualified personnel to use informed clinical opinion in interpreting the results of evaluation and assessment instruments.

Changes: None.

Procedures for assessment of the family (new §303.321(c))

(proposed §303.320(c))

Comment: A number of commenters stated that the language

in proposed §303.320(c) regarding voluntary family

assessments appeared to be something that is done “to”

families and not “with” families. The commenters

encouraged the Department to consider the term “family-

directed assessment” in the regulations when referring to a

family assessment in order to make it clear that the family is a primary partner in the process.

One commenter suggested that the family assessment in

new §303.321(c)(2) (proposed §303.320(c)) be based on

information obtained through the use of assessment tools, voluntary personal interviews, or other appropriate methods. Another commenter recommended that language be

added to new §303.321(c)(2))(proposed §303.320(c)) to

ensure culturally competent services, including an awareness and respect of cultural differences in family values and child rearing practices.

Discussion: We have restructured new §303.321(c)(2)