SPECIAL EDUCATION & REHABILITATIVE SERVICES
OSEP Policy Documents Regarding the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children and Youth with Disabilities

EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES

Disclaimer: Letters issued prior to December 3, 2004, may not be consistent with the IDEA, as revised by P.L. 108-446. Letters issued prior to August 14, 2006 may not be consistent with the final regulations for Part B published on that date at 71 Federal Register 46540. Readers are advised to consult with the current statute and final regulations.

Section 607 Reports as published in the Federal Register.

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Letter to Ms. Janet D. Gully
April 28, 2004
Topic: Early Intervention Services
Letter explaining regulations and other issues that should be taken into consideration when determining whether services provided after medical or surgical procedures are early intervention services that should be provided under Part C.
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Redacted letter
June 30, 2003
Topic: Early Intervention Services
Letter clarifying that the regulations implementing Part C require that (1) written parental consent be obtained before conducting the initial evaluation and placement of a child and before initiating the provision of early intervention services and (2) there is no provision authorizing public agencies to use mediation or due process procedures to override a parent's refusal to consent to the initial provision of early intervention or special education and related services.
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Letter to Ms. Linda Goodman
March 25, 2003
Topic: Early Intervention Services
Letter regarding whether assistive technology can be provided under Part C.
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Letter to Mr. David K. Steele
March 13, 2003
Topic: Early Intervention Services
Letter clarifying that although the provision of respite or other care arrangements may be necessary for some families to participate in appropriate early intervention activities, the term ''respite'' is not intended to serve as child-care or ''baby-sitting'' assistance in ordinary circumstances.
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Letter to Ms. Trish Howard
June 11, 2002
Topic: Early Intervention Services
Letter clarifying that (1) guidelines established by a State to assist teams in developing an individualized family service plan (IFSP) may not be implemented in a manner that restricts the authority and responsibility of the IFSP team and (2) that the IFSP team makes the final determination of the frequency and intensity of early intervention services needed by the child.
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Letter to Kelly C. Wilson, Esq.
February 12, 2002
Topic: Early Intervention Services
Letter clarifying (1) that the individualized family service plan (IFSP) may include a particular methodology or instructional approach that is considered by the IFSP team to be integral to the design of an individualized program of services to meet the unique needs of the individual child and (2) that the State is required to provide all services identified in the IFSP and to ensure that those services are implemented according to the IFSP.
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Letter to Honorable Robert C. Byrd
April 16, 2001
Topic: Early Intervention Services
Letter regarding the individualized family service plan (IFSP) process in determining the intensity and frequency of early intervention services under Part C, along with the financial responsibility for these services.
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Letter to Ms. Julie Goings
August 16, 2000
Topic: Early Intervention Services
Letter regarding the role and responsibilities of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, States and tribes in providing services to children with disabilities from birth to age five who are members of the tribe. Letter regarding the individualized family service plan (IFSP) process in determining the intensity and frequency of early intervention services under Part C, along with the financial responsibility for these services.
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