Appendix N - Section 69-4.20 Early Intervention Regulations

 

Section 69-4.20 Transition Planning

(a)    A transition plan shall be developed for every child transitioning from the Early Intervention Program to programs under Education Law, Section 4410, and/or to other early childhood services.

(1)     All meetings to discuss the transition plan must be at a time and place mutually convenient to all participants.

(2)     The transition plan shall include procedures to prepare the child and family for changes to service delivery, including:

(i)  steps to help the child adjust to and function in a new setting;

(ii)  procedures to prepare program staff or individual qualified personnel who will be providing services to the child to facilitate a smooth transition; and

(iii)  with parental consent, the service coordinator shall incorporate the transition plan into the Individualized Family Service Plan.

(b)     At least 120 days prior to the child's potential eligibility for services under the Education Law, Section 4410, the Early Intervention Official, with parental consent, shall provide written notification to the Committee on Preschool Special Education of the local school district in which an eligible child resides of the potential transition of the child.

(1)    For children in the care and custody or custody and guardianship of the commissioner of the local social services district, the Early Intervention Official shall notify the local commissioner of social services or designee of the child's potential transition.

(2)   The service coordinator shall review information concerning the transition procedure with the parent and obtain parental consent for the transfer of appropriate evaluation, assessments, Individualized Family Service Plans, and other pertinent records.

(3)  With parent consent, the Early Intervention Official shall convene a conference with the parent, service coordinator, and the chairperson of the Committee on Preschool Special Education or designee, at least 90 days prior to the child's eligibility for services under Education Law, Section 4410, or no later than 90 days before the child's third birthday, whichever is first to review program options and if appropriate, establish a transition plan.

(i)   The local social services commissioner may participate in the conference for children in the care and custody or custody and guardianship of the social services commissioner.

(ii)  The conference may be combined with the initial meeting of the Committee on Preschool Special Education pertaining to the child.

(c)    For children thought not to be eligible for programs under Education Law, Section 4410, the service coordinator shall assist the parent in development of a transition plan to other appropriate early childhood and supportive services.  The service coordinator shall assist the parent in identifying, locating, and accessing such services.

(d)   With parental consent, the Early Intervention Official shall notify the Committee on Preschool Special Education of those children potentially eligible for transition to the preschool special education program but whose parents have selected to continue with EIP services for the specified period of eligibility for the Early Intervention Program.