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

D. Initial Implementation: Adapt and Adjust Infrastructure to Support Practices

Photograph: Two preschool-aged boys balance themselves on plastic play equipment. (Photograph by Alex Lazara)

In this step, your State Leadership and Implementation Teams will ensure that all the needed information and resources are in place to support the full implementation of an integrated IFSP/IEP and outcomes measurement process. Based on the experiences of and feedback from the early implementers, adjustments may be needed at the state, regional or local levels. The goals of these adaptations and adjustments are to ensure fidelity in the implementation of the integrated process and to continue to manage change at all levels to ensure long term sustainability of the new practices when you move to full implementation of the integrated process.

  1. Ensure that policies and procedures are in place, and are aligned with the expectations of the integrated process.
  2. Adjust administrative structures to be in alignment with new practices. This may include revising contracts and interagency agreements, and changing fiscal policies and procedures to support an integrated process.
  3. Revise policies, procedures, forms and guidance based on the feedback from the early implementers.
  4. Provide general supervision and oversight to the early implementers and Implementation Teams.
  5. Manage change in a positive and proactive way in order to support a positive culture at the state, regional and local levels.


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