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of all early intervention services identified in an IFSP. While each State must ensure that services in an IFSP are provided as soon as possible after receiving parental

consent, we believe that “as soon as possible” may vary

depending on a number of factors, such as the availability of qualified personnel in a State, the number of children to be served, and the location of those children. While we give States some flexibility in implementing this provision, we also monitor, through the SPP/APR, data on when each State initiates services for each child. Thus,

we decline to adopt in §§303.342(e) and 303.344(f)(1) a

timeline more specific than “as soon as possible.”

Changes: We have clarified in §§303.342(e) and 303.344(f)

(1) that early intervention services must be provided as soon as possible after parental consent is obtained.

IFSP Team meetings and periodic reviews (§303.343)

Comment: A few commenters recommended amending §303.343(a)

(1)(v) to require that the individual or individuals directly involved in conducting the evaluations and

assessments in new §303.321 (proposed §303.320) must have

knowledge and training related to the infant’s or toddler’s

disability.

Discussion: The requested change is not necessary because, as we explained in the Analysis of Comments and Changes in