6A-6.03029. Development of Individualized Family Support Plans for Children with Disabilities Ages Birth Through Five Years  

Effective on Tuesday, December 23, 2014
  • 1Parents are a child’s first teachers and are partners with school and school district personnel to identify the specific concerns and priorities of the family related to enhancing their child’s development. Procedures for developing individualized family support plans shall be set forth in each district’s Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Policies and Procedures document, as defined in subsection 586A-6.03411(2), 59F.A.C., consistent with the following requirements:

    65(1) Definitions: An individualized family support plan (IFSP) is a written plan identifying the specific concerns and priorities of a family related to enhancing their child’s development and the resources to provide early intervention services 100to children with disabilities ages birth through two (2) years 110or special education and related services to children with disabilities ages three (3) through five (5). 126To meet the identified outcomes for an individual child and family, a 138planning process involving the family, professionals and others shall be used to prepare the document.

    153(2) Use of IFSPs. For children with disabilities ages birth through two (2) years, an IFSP consistent with the requirements of subsections (3), (4), (6), (8), (9) and (10) of this rule shall be used. For children with disabilities ages three (3) through five (5) years, school districts may utilize, at the option of the school district and with written parental consent, an IFSP consistent with the requirements of subsections (3), (5), (7), (9) and (10) of this rule, in lieu of an individual educational plan (IEP). Parents must be provided with a detailed explanation of the difference between an IFSP and an IEP.

    257(3) Contents. The IFSP shall include:

    263(a) A statement of the child’s present levels of physical development (including vision, hearing and health status), cognitive development, communication development, social or emotional development and adaptive skills development based on 294the information from the child’s evaluation and assessment;

    302(b) With the concurrence of the family, a statement of the family’s resources, priorities and concerns related to enhancing the development of the child 326as identified through the assessment of the family;

    334(c) A statement of 338measurable results or measurable 342outcomes expected to be achieved by the child and the family, 353including an educational component that promotes school readiness and incorporates pre-literacy, language and numeracy skills as developmentally appropriate, 371and the goals, criteria, procedures and timelines used to determine the degree to which progress toward achieving the 389measurable results or 392outcomes 393identified on the IFSP 397is being made, and whether modifications or revisions of the 407expected results or 410outcomes or 412early intervention 414or special education and related419-420services are necessary; and

    424(d) A statement of the specific early intervention services, 433based on peer-reviewed research (to the extent practicable), 441or the special education and related services necessary to meet the unique needs of the child and the family 460to achieve the results or outcomes identified on the IFSP, including:

    4711. Frequency, intensity and method of delivering services;

    4792. Location of the services;

    4843. Length of the services;

    4894. Funding source or payment arrangements, if any;

    4975. Anticipated duration of these services;

    5036. Other services;

    5067. Projected dates for initiation of services for children birth through two (2), which must be as soon as possible but within thirty (30) calendar days of the date the parent consents to the service, and the anticipated duration of these services; and

    5498. Steps to be taken to support the transition of the child, when 562exiting the Early Steps program 567to preschool services for children with disabilities ages three (3) through five (5), or 581other services that may be available. The steps required for transition shall include:

    594a. Discussions with, and training of, 600parents regarding future placements and other matters related to the child’s transition;

    612b. Procedures to prepare the child for changes in service delivery, including steps to help the child adjust to, and function in, a new setting;

    637c. 638Notification information to the school district for the purpose of child find;

    650d. With parental consent, the transmission of information about the child to the school district to ensure continuity of services, including a copy of the most recent evaluation and assessments of the child and family and a copy of the most recent 692IFSP 693that has been developed and implemented; and

    700e. Identification of transition services and other activities that the IFSP team determines are necessary to support the child.

    719(e) A statement of the natural environments in which early intervention services, or special education and related services, are to be provided, and a justification of the extent, if any, to which the services will not be provided in a natural environment;

    761(f) 762A statement of the strategies needed in order to meet the child’s and family’s outcomes;

    777(g) The name of the service coordinator from the profession most immediately relevant to the child’s or family’s needs, or the individual who is otherwise qualified to be responsible for the implementation of the 811early intervention 813or special education and related 818services identified in the IFSP, including transition services 826and coordination with other agencies and persons. In meeting this requirement, the school district may assign the same service coordinator who was appointed at the time the child was initially referred for evaluation to be responsible for implementing a child’s and family’s IFSP or appoint a new service coordinator;

    875(h) Family 877demographic and contact information;

    881(i) A statement of eligibility, including recommendations for children not found eligible;

    893(j) A description of everyday routines, activities and places in which the child lives, learns and plays and individuals with whom the child interacts;

    917(k) Identification of the most appropriate IFSP team member to serve as the primary service provider;

    933(l) Documentation of 936the names of the individuals 941who participated in the development of the IFSP, 949the 950method of participation and 954the individual responsible for 958implement959ing 960the IFSP; and

    963(m) For children ages birth through two (2) years:

    9721. Identification of any medical and additional supports that the child or family needs or is receiving through other sources, but that are neither required nor funded under the 1001Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Part C, 100834 CFR §303.344(e); 1011and

    10122. A description of the steps the service coordinator or family will take to assist the child and family in securing additional supports not currently being provided.

    1039(4) Timelines for IFSPs for children with disabilities ages birth through two (2) years. These timelines shall include the following:

    1059(a) For a child who has been evaluated for the first time and determined to be eligible, a meeting to develop the initial IFSP must be conducted within forty-five (45) days from referral;

    1092(b) A review of the IFSP for a child and the child’s family must be conducted every six (6) months 1112from the date of the initial or annual evaluation of the IFSP 1124or more frequently if conditions warrant, or if the family requests such a review. 1138The review may be carried out at a meeting or by another means that is acceptable to the parents and other participants. 1160The purpose of the periodic review is to determine:

    11691. The degree to which progress toward achieving the results or outcomes 1181identified on the IFSP 1185is being made;

    11882. Whether modifications or revisions of the results or outcomes or services are necessary; and

    12033. 1204Whether additional needs have been identified based on ongoing assessment 1214or 1215observation1216.

    1217(c) A 1219face-to-face 1220meeting must be conducted on at least an annual basis 1230by the IFSP team to re-determine eligibility and review 1239the IFSP for a child and the child’s family, and to revise, change or modify its provisions 1256and assess the continuation of the outcomes, strategies and recommended services, as needed1269. The results of any current evaluations, and other information available from ongoing assessments of the child and family, must be 1290considered at the annual review of the IFSP to determine continuing eligibility and the early intervention 1306services that are needed and will be provided.

    1314(d) IFSP meetings must be conducted:

    13201. In settings and at times that are convenient to families; and

    13322. In the native language of the family or other mode of communication used by the family, unless it is clearly not feasible to do so.

    1358(e) Meeting arrangements must be made with and written notice provided to the family and other participants early enough before the meeting date to ensure that they will be able to attend.

    1390(f) The contents of the IFSP must be fully explained to the parent(s) and informed written consent from the parent(s) must be obtained prior to the provisions of early intervention services described in the plan. If the parent(s) does not provide consent with respect to a particular early intervention service, that service may not be provided. The early intervention services to which parental consent is obtained must be provided.

    1459(5) Requirements for IFSPs for children with disabilities ages three (3) through five (5). These IFSPs shall be consistent with the requirements of paragraphs 14836A-6.03028(3)(a)-1484(g), (j)-(k) and (m)-(t), F.A.C.

    1489(6) Participants for IFSP meetings for children with disabilities ages birth through two (2) years.

    1504(a) Each initial meeting and each annual meeting to review the IFSP 1516and re-determine eligibility 1519must include the following participants:

    15241. The parent or parents of the child;

    15322. Other family members, as requested by the parent(s);

    15413. An advocate or 1545individual 1546outside of the family, if the parent(s) requests that the 1556individual 1557participate;

    15584. The service coordinator who has been working with the family since the initial referral of the child for evaluation, or who has been designated to be responsible for implementation of the IFSP;

    15915. For initial 1594individualized 1595family support plan meetings, 1599a person directly involved in conducting the evaluation or assessment; 1609and

    16106. As appropriate, individuals who will be providing services to the child or family.

    1624(b) If an individual listed in paragraph (6)(a) of this rule is unable to attend a meeting, arrangements must be made for the individual’s involvement through other means, including:

    16531. Participating in a telephone or video conference call;

    16622. Having a knowledgeable authorized representative attend the meeting; or

    16723. Making pertinent records available at the meeting.

    1680(c) Each periodic review must provide for the participation of individuals in subparagraphs (6)(a)1.-4. and 6., of this rule. If conditions warrant, provisions must be made for the participation of other representatives.

    1712(7) Participants for IFSP meetings for children with disabilities ages three (3) through five (5) years shall include those listed in paragraph 17346A-6.03028(3)(c), 1735F.A.C.

    1736(8) Provision of services before evaluation and assessments are completed. Early intervention services for a child with disabilities ages birth through two (2) years and the child’s family may commence before the completion of the evaluation and assessments if the following conditions are met:

    1780(a) Parental consent is obtained;

    1785(b) An interim IFSP is developed that includes:

    17931. The name of the service coordinator who will be responsible, consistent with paragraph (3)(g) of this rule, for implementation of the interim IFSP and coordination with other agencies and individuals;

    18242. The early intervention services that have been determined to be needed immediately by the child and the child’s family; and

    18453. Signatures of those who developed the IFSP.

    1853(c) The evaluation and assessments are completed within 1861forty-five (45) calendar days from referral as 1868required in paragraph (4)(a) of this rule.

    1875(9) Nonpublic schools. For children with disabilities ages birth through five (5), the procedures described in paragraphs 18926A-6.03028(3)(n) 1893and (o), F.A.C., shall be followed.

    1899(10) Financial responsibility. For children ages birth through two (2) years, the school district shall only be responsible for the early intervention services specified and agreed to through the IFSP process. For children ages three (3) through five (5) years, the school district shall only be responsible for the provision of the special education and related services necessary for the child to benefit from special education.

    1965Rulemaking Authority 19671001.02(1), 1968(2)(n), 19691003.01(3)(a), 1970(b), 19711003.21(1)(e), 19721003.57(1)(c), 19731003.571 FS. 1975Law Implemented 19771001.03(8), 19781003.01(3)(a), 1979(b), 19801003.21(1)(e), 19811003.57(1)(c), 19821003.571 FS. 1984History–New 7-13-93, Amended 1-4-94, 9-20-04, 12-23-14.


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