Implementing an Integrated Child & Family Outcomes and IFSP/IEP Process

D. Installation: Determine System Supports

Photograph: A preschool-aged boy stacks plastic chairs in a classroom. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

In this step, your state leadership team will identify and plan for changes that are needed in order to create an integrated outcomes and IFSP/IEP process. Information collected during the exploration phase will be used to determine which changes are actually made to create an integrated process. Changes to forms, procedures, guidance, and practice will be outlined and communicated.

Activities:
  1. Identify and make changes in administrative structures. Changes in staffing, staff responsibilities, procedures, guidance and forms should all be considered and changed as needed in this step. For the latter, drafts of forms and other documents may be circulated for feedback and comment. For changes in staffing or staff responsibilities, proposals for change may be drafted and shared with those with decision making capacity for approval.
  2. Identify and make changes in teaming. Careful assessment of the current teaming practices and comparison to other approaches by other states should be done and used as the foundation for the creation of the teaming process to be used in integrating outcomes with the IFSP/IEP.
  3. Identify and make changes in training and technical assistance. Changes in staffing, staff responsibilities, topical areas or processes should be considered and changed as needed to support the implementation team’s full understanding of the integration of the outcomes into the IFSP or IEP process.
  4. Identify and make changes in funding structures to support the integrated process. Review current funding structures that support staff, training and technical assistance and administration and make changes as needed to support the integrated process.

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