The Part C regulations were released September 28, 2011 (see 76 Federal Register 60140). Readers are reminded that where there is a conflict between the state and federal regulation or when attempting to comply with both federal and state laws would create a conflict, state law (to include policy, procedures, definitions, or methods) should be deemed preempted by federal law. Therefore; federal regulations preempt state policies and guidance, including the Early On Michigan State Plan and Michigan Department of Education Reference Bulletins. Where conflicts do not exist between federal regulations and state publications the state guidance should be followed. Michigan is in the process of reviewing and updating related policy and guidance. Michigan's State Plan can be found by clicking here. Early On reference bulletins are being updated and integrated into the Early On Implementation Manual. Please contact EOT&TA for additional guidance.
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.
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 docu ... More[+]
Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) federal regulations requires states to have policies and procedures to ensure that qualified personnel are available to support the early intervention system for infants and toddlers with disabilities. The new Personnel Standards and MDE OGS related memo released on February 4, 2015 are available here for your reference and can be found on the MDE website.
Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) federal regulations requires states to have policies and procedures to ensure that qualified personnel are ... More[+]