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§303.342(e) and the remainder of the note does not reflect

regulatory requirements but, instead, is explanatory. As

reflected in §303.342(e), parents make the ultimate

decision as to whether they, their child, or other family members will accept or decline services under this part.

Removal of the note does not in any way change the policy of the Department. We continue to believe that best practice dictates that throughout the process of developing and implementing IFSPs for an infant or toddler with a disability, the lead agency, service coordinators, and EIS providers need to recognize the variety of roles that

family members play in enhancing a child’s development.

Additionally, addressing the needs of the family in the IFSP process is crucial and should be determined in a collaborative manner with the full agreement and participation of the parent of the infant or toddler.

Changes: None.

Comment: Several commenters expressed opposition to

replacing the term "ongoing assessment of child and family"

in current §303.342(c) with the term "assessment of service

needs" in proposed §303.342(c) and requested clarification

of the meaning of the term "service needs" in this section.

Discussion: The term “service needs” was included in the

proposed regulations to be consistent with the use of that