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What are the timelines for completing evaluation and assessment?

Evaluation & Assessment, Federal Regulations [Sec. 303.322 (e)]


Federal regulations define the timelines for completing a child’s initial evaluation and assessment.


(1) Except as provided in paragraph (e)(2) of this section, the evaluation and initial assessment of each child (including the family assessment) must be completed within the 45-day time period required in Sec. 303.321(e) (comprehensive child find procedures).
(2) The lead agency shall develop procedures to ensure that in the event of exceptional circumstances that make it impossible to complete the evaluation and assessment within 45 days (e.g., if a child is ill), public agencies will —

(i) Document those circumstances; and
(ii) Develop and implement an interim IFSP, to the extent appropriate and consistent with Sec. 303.345 (b)(1) and (b)(2) (refers to providing services before evaluation and assessment are completed).

Evaluation & Assessment, Maryland Regulations [COMAR 13A.13.01.06]


Maryland regulations are consistent with federal regulations and specify that it is the responsibility of the local lead agency to develop written policies for completing the initial evaluation and assessment.


A. Each local lead agency shall develop written policies and procedures consistent with the federal regulations (34 CFR §303.322, evaluation and assessment) to provide a timely, comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation of each child, birth through 2 years old, referred for evaluation, including assessment activities related to the child and the child's family within 45 days of receipt of referral, except as provided under the federal regulations (34 CFR §303.322 e, exceptions to the 45 day timeline)


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