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ERIC Number: ED384169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0146-9282
A Study of Individualized Family Service Planning in California: Benefits and Costs.
Montgomery, Deborah L.; And Others
Educational Considerations, v21 n1 p70-77 Fall 1993
This study evaluated costs associated with implementation of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) for infants and young children with disabilities at four California sites. Specifically the study examined: (1) IFSP and existing service planning process costs in time and dollars; (2) the impact of IFSP processes on agencies and families; and (3) the strategies found to be most effective in implementing IFSP processes. Data on a total of 126 children and 170 completed service planning and coordination phases were evaluated. Findings included: participants at all sites had positive attitudes toward the IFSP process; IFSP processes appeared to result in cost savings when children were dually served by multiple agencies but added costs for children eligible only for regional center services; families reported benefits from reduced paperwork, increased access to information about community resources, parent mentor assistance and support, and the aid of a service coordinator; agency staff reported benefits associated with coordination of paperwork across agencies and increased involvement of parents; and there was no evidence that the IFSP process results in increased services. Five tables provide details of the study findings. (DB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California