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TITLE 40SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE
PART 2DEPARTMENT OF ASSISTIVE AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES
CHAPTER 108EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER GREFERRAL, PRE-ENROLLMENT, AND DEVELOPMENTAL SCREENING
RULE §108.709Optional Developmental Screenings

(a) Developmental screening is done to determine the need for further evaluation. A contractor must:

  (1) use tools that are approved by HHSC ECI; and

  (2) train providers administering the tool according to the parameters required by the selected tool.

(b) A parent has the right to request a comprehensive evaluation after a developmental screening or a comprehensive evaluation instead of a developmental screening at any time.

(c) If the results of a child's developmental screening do not indicate a concern, a contractor must:

  (1) provide written documentation to the parent that further evaluation is not recommended;

  (2) offer the parent a comprehensive evaluation; and

  (3) conduct a comprehensive evaluation if requested by the parent.

(d) A contractor must coordinate with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to accept a referral for a child under 36 months of age who is involved in a substantiated case of child abuse or neglect, affected by illegal substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure, or suspected of having a disability or developmental delay.

  (1) A child in DFPS conservatorship. A contractor must offer a comprehensive evaluation to determine eligibility for early childhood intervention services when the contractor receives a completed developmental screening from a health care provider indicating the child has a developmental delay.

  (2) A child not in DFPS conservatorship who is involved in a substantiated case of abuse or neglect. A contractor must offer either a developmental screening or proceed directly to a comprehensive evaluation.

  (3) A child affected by illegal substance abuse or withdrawal symptoms from prenatal drug exposure. A contractor must offer either a developmental screening or proceed directly to comprehensive evaluation.

  (4) A child suspected of having a disability or developmental delay. A contractor follows their local procedures for accepting a referral, conducting a developmental screening, and completing an evaluation unless the child meets one of the criteria in paragraphs (1) - (3) of this subsection.


Source Note: The provisions of this §108.709 adopted to be effective September 1, 2011, 36 TexReg 5387; amended to be effective July 1, 2012, 37 TexReg 4621; amended to be effective September 1, 2013, 38 TexReg 5524; amended to be effective June 30, 2019, 44 TexReg 3280

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