|(a) The contractor must develop a local process to
reconsider and adjust the current or overdue family cost share obligation
based on extraordinary circumstances.
(b) Only the program director or designated administrator
has authority to reconsider and adjust the family cost share obligation.
The reconsideration may include an assessment of the parent's ability
to pay the family cost share obligation in any particular month(s).
(c) Extraordinary circumstances that require a reconsideration
of the family cost share obligation are:
(1) increase or decrease in income;
(2) unexpected short-term medical expenses;
(3) unanticipated childcare or respite expenses;
(4) change in family size;
(5) catastrophic loss such as fire, flood, or tornado;
(6) short-term financial hardship such as major repair
to the family home or car; or
(7) other extenuating circumstances for which the family
(d) The parent must attest in writing that information
regarding extraordinary circumstances is true and accurate. The contractor
may implement written local policy requiring verification of extraordinary
circumstances from families, or the contractor may rely solely on
the family's required written attestation. The contractor must deny
a request for reconsideration if the parent refuses to provide written
attestation that the information related to extraordinary circumstances
is true and accurate.
(e) The family's last signed IFSP and family cost share
agreement remain in effect during the reconsideration process.