ERIC Number: ED333698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Status of States' Policies That Affect Families: The Early Intervention System P.L. 99-457, Part H. The Infants and Toddlers with Handicaps Program.
Place, Patricia A.; And Others
This report is one of three resulting from a 50-state survey on the development of family policies through the implementation of Public Law 99-457 (Part H) and focuses on the Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC), the participation of family members, parental access to services, the identification of family strengths and needs, and family participation in the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) meeting. Among findings were the following: parents were recruited for the ICC from such sources as agency recommendations and state parent groups; special attempts were made to recruit minority representation in most states; parents' participation was often financially assisted; half of the states allow families themselves to identify who is a family member; various methods are used to access services; informal interviews are most often used to identify family needs; families can usually bring others to the IFSP meeting; monitoring is the function of various entities including state or local lead agencies and case managers. It is concluded that, although few policies have been fully implemented yet, most states are making a "good faith" effort to meet the law's legal requirements. An appendix details the survey's methodology. Includes 4 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.; North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Carolina Inst. for Child and Family Policy.
Identifiers: Education of the Handicapped Act 1986 (Part H); Individual Family Service Plan
Note: For related documents, see EC 300 455-456.