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Types of early intervention services--family training,

counseling, and home visits (§303.13(b)(3))

Comment: A few commenters requested that we clarify the definition of family training, counseling, and home visits

in §303.13(b)(3). One commenter recommended deleting the

reference to “home visits” in the title of this paragraph

because the commenter considered home visits to be a method of providing a service rather than a service in and of itself. The commenter acknowledged that the Department may not be able to make this change, however, because the term home visits is used in the Act. One commenter expressed concern that this definition could be misinterpreted to mean that family training must occur in the home and must include counseling.

Discussion: Section 632(4)(E)(i) of the Act expressly states that early intervention services include family training, counseling, and home visits. Thus, removing the

reference to home visits from §303.13(b)(3) would be

inconsistent with the Act.

The language in §303.13(b)(3) does not mean that

family training must occur in the home or include counseling. Section 303.13(b)(3) merely defines three

separate early intervention services –- family training,

counseling, and home visits -- that may be provided to