Parents Rights in Early Intervention

If your child is being considered for or is receiving Early Intervention services, you have rights that are safeguarded by state and federal law. Your parental rights include:

  • Confidentiality around the information that personally identifies your child and family
  • Access to your child’s record at any time
  • Involvement in your child’s evaluation and ongoing progress assessments:
    • Evaluation of your child and family that is directed by you and designed by you and other members of your child’s team
    • Inclusion of information about your family you wish to share
    • Evaluation conducted by qualified individuals and based on information about your child’s medical history and current health, mental and physical development ,communication skills, social or emotional development and adaptive skills
  • Participation in the development of your child’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) called  the One Plan which:
    • Includes information about how your child is growing and developing
    • Describes Early Intervention services and the results you wish for your child and family
    • Delivers services in a setting that is most natural or normal for your child and family’s routines, such as home, child care or other community setting
    • Describes the dates that services will begin and end and how often these services will be provided
    • Is reviewed every six months, or sooner to see what progress your child is making and to make any changes needed.
  • Regular IFSP/One Plan meetings when you and other members of the core team will develop, review and/or change the plan. You have the right:
    • To participate in and be notified (in advance) about all meetings
    • To have meetings held at a time and place that is convenient for you
    • To have the meeting carried out in the language or other form of communication you use, unless it is clearly not feasible to do so
    • To bring anyone you choose to the meeting, such as a support person
    • To have any information contained in the IFSP/One Plan explained to you
    • To have the first IFSP/One Plan meeting within 45 days of referral, unless your family needs more time
    • A meeting must be held at least once a year to review the IFSP. However, you may askfor a meeting at any time.
  • Provision of early intervention services at no cost to your family. With your permission, however, your health insurance carrier may be billed under the following circumstances:
    • If your available life-time cap would not be affected
    • If your other health insurance benefits would not decrease
    • If your health insurance premiums would not increase
    • If your policy would not be discontinued
    • If your family would not be required to pay an out-of-pocket expense, such as a deductible
  • Options if you have concerns or disagree about your child’s services, including a complaint process, mediation and due process hearings
  • Getting notice  – You have the right:
    • To be notified before changes occur in your child’s eligibility, evaluation or placement for Early Intervention services
    • To have the notice describe what actions are planned and why they are planned
    • To be notified before the start or refusal of Early Intervention services for your child
    • To be notified in writing in the language or other type of communication you use
  • Giving Consent – You have the right:
    • To give your written consent before an agency conducts your child’s first evaluation and/or before your child first receives Early Intervention services
    • To let your service coordinator know that you wish to withdraw your consent before your child’s first evaluation is completed
    • To withdraw your consent for a specific service (other Early Intervention services your child or family is receiving will continue to be provided)
    • To withdraw your consent when you no longer want your child or family to receive Early Intervention services
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