ERIC Number: ED359737
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Study of Federal Policy Implementation: Infants/Toddlers with Disabilities and Their Families: A Synthesis of Results.
Gallagher, James J.
The Carolina Policy Studies Program (CPSP) was established in October 1987 to track the implementation of Public Law 99-457, Part H (the law is now known as IDEA--Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), which aids states in providing comprehensive services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. Since its establishment, the CPSP has used telephone interviews, document analyses, surveys, focus groups, literature reviews, and case studies to investigate the states' responses to Part H, resulting in 85 reports, journal articles, and book chapters. This report synthesizes CPSP findings concerning progress in implementation of Part H, in the areas of eligibility policy, family policy, personnel preparation, finance, interagency coordination, health coordination, and data systems. The report concludes that states are making impressive efforts to implement the complex law. The reform requirements of interagency coordination and parent empowerment were well accepted. Unsolved problems that remain include defining the role of the service coordinator, the limited efforts toward developing interdisciplinary training programs, and a lack of clear vision on how the program will be financed. An appendix lists publications produced by CPSP, in reverse chronological order by year of publication. (Contains over 50 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Compliance (Legal), Data Analysis, Data Collection, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Eligibility, Family Programs, Federal Legislation, Financial Support, Health Services, Infants, Preschool Education, Professional Education, Program Implementation, Public Policy, State Programs, Toddlers
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Carolina Policy Studies Program.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education of the Handicapped Act 1986 (Part H)