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timeline for the provision of services.

Discussion: We have clarified in §§303.342(e) and

303.344(f)(1) that early intervention services must be provided as soon as possible after obtaining parental consent. We believe that it is important for the timeline to run from the date of parental consent and not from the initiation date identified at the IFSP meeting, as is

provided for in current §303.344(f)(1). A State may only

provide a service identified in the IFSP if a parent

provides consent under §303.420. In some instances, even

if the IFSP is developed with a service initiation date, a parent may not have provided consent to the service and, therefore, the service may not be provided. Thus, we have revised the time period to commence from the date of parental consent.

Currently, most States have adopted a 30-day timeline that commences from the date of parental consent to the date the services in the IFSP are provided with some States adopting a shorter timeline and only a few States adopting a slightly longer timeline (e.g., 45 days), which timeline also commences from the date of parental consent to the date the services in the IFSP are provided.

We do not believe it is appropriate to adopt a time period

more specific than “as soon as possible” for the provision