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(proposed §303.320(c)) to identify both the purpose and the

requirements of the family assessment, which requirements

are set forth in new §303.321(c)(2)(i) through (c)(2)(iii).

We agree with commenters and have added the term “family-

directed assessment” from section 636(a)(2) of the Act to

new §303.321(c)(2) to ensure that the identification of a

family’s resources, priorities, and concerns are family-


Concerning the commenter’s request to add “other

appropriate methods,” new §303.321(c)(2)(ii) (proposed

§303.320(c)) requires family assessments to be based on

information obtained through an assessment tool and also on information provided by the family through a personal interview. Nothing in this provision would preclude the use of additional appropriate methods provided that the family assessment includes the use of an assessment tool

and personal interview pursuant to new §303.321(c)(2)(ii)

(proposed §303.320(c)). We do not believe it is

appropriate to require all family assessments to use “other

appropriate methods.”

Concerning the comment on culturally competent

services, the requirements in §303.321(c)(2)(i) through (c)

(2)(iii) ensure that each family is involved and has the opportunity to meet with a lead agency or EIS provider to