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

D. Full Implementation: Create Organizational Structures to Support Integrated Process

As the practices are fully implemented, organizational structures at the state, regional and local level need to be continually assessed to assure they align with and support the sustainability of the practices of the integrated IFSP/IEP and outcomes process. For some programs, this may mean changing local policies and procedures to align with state expectations and policies and procedures. For others, it could mean support (e.g. additional time, discussions, extra mentoring, etc.) to create a positive environment to adjust to and implement the new practices. Across the board, administrators at all levels need to be actively engaged in looking at data, listening to their providers, and making decisions that support the full integration of the IFSP/IEP and outcomes processes.

Activities:
  1. Align new practices with program mission, values and philosophy.
  2. Take action steps to reduce or eliminate identified barriers to the implementation of the integrated process.
  3. Use feedback loops and engage in clear, honest and frequent communication with the field about the integrated process. Information about what will change and what will not change and why those decisions have been made is communicated clearly and in a timely manner.

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