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Minimum Components Required under Part C of IDEA

Minimum Components Under IDEA for a Statewide, Comprehensive System of Early Intervention Services to Infants and Toddlers With Special Needs (Including American Indian and Homeless Infants and Toddlers)

Adapted from 20 U.S.C. §1435(a).

  1. A rigorous definition of the term 'developmental delay'
  2. Appropriate early intervention services based on scientifically based research, to the extent practicable, are available to all infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, including Indian and homeless infants and toddlers
  3. Timely and comprehensive multidisciplinary evaluation of needs of children and family-directed identification of the needs of each family
  4. Individualized family service plan and service coordination
  5. Comprehensive child find and referral system
  6. Public awareness program focusing on early identification of infants and toddlers with disabilities and providing information to parents of infants and toddlers through primary referral sources
  7. Central directory of public and private EI services, resources, and research and demonstration projects
  8. Comprehensive system of personnel development, including the training of paraprofessionals and the training of primary referral sources
  9. Policies and procedures: to ensure that personnel are appropriately and adequately prepared and trained; qualification standards; paraprofessionals and assistants; address personnel shortages
  10. Single line of authority in a lead agency designated or established by the governor for carrying out:
    1. General administration and supervision
    2. Identification and coordination of all available resources
    3. Assignment of financial responsibility to the appropriate agencies
    4. Development of procedures to ensure that services are provided in a timely manner pending resolution of any disputes
    5. Resolution of intra- and interagency disputes
    6. Development of formal interagency agreements
  11. Policy pertaining to contracting or otherwise arranging for services
  12. Procedure for securing timely reimbursement of funds
  13. Procedural safeguards
  14. System for compiling data on the early intervention system
  15. State interagency coordinating council
  16. Policies and procedures to ensure that to the maximum extent appropriate, early intervention services are provided in natural environments except when early intervention cannot be achieved satisfactorily in a natural environment