On September 23, 2016, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of Early Childhood Education and Family Development, sent a memo to the field with a guidance document regarding the requirements for a Periodic Review and an Annual Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Meeting. Many in the field expressed concern about the guidance, the resources required, and the system changes necessary to comply. We heard the various concerns and have revisited that guidance.
The Early On® team at MDE, assisted by Early On Training and Technical Assistance (EOT&TA) personnel and various stakeholders, worked on a new guidance document regarding Periodic Reviews and Annual IFSP Meetings. Our goal is to provide guidance on the implementation of Periodic Reviews and Annual IFSP Meetings in a way that allows for efficient modification of IFSPs, while at the same time ensuring adherence to all procedural safeguards.
We have completed the new guidance for Periodic Review and Annual IFSP. This guidance should assist local programs in understanding the steps required to make changes during these processes. Please review with the necessary local personnel and contractors, if applicable, to permit your local Early On system to follow the required steps.
REVISED Periodic Review and Annual Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) Meeting Guidance