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TITLE 40SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE
PART 2DEPARTMENT OF ASSISTIVE AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES
CHAPTER 108EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER HELIGIBILITY, EVALUATION, AND ASSESSMENT
RULE §108.809Initial Eligibility Criteria

A child must be under 36 months of age and meet initial eligibility criteria to receive early childhood intervention services. Initial eligibility is established by:

  (1) documentation of a medically diagnosed condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay;

  (2) an auditory or visual impairment as defined by the Texas Education Agency rule at 19 TAC §89.1040 (relating to Eligibility Criteria); or

  (3) a developmental delay. Each developmental area must be evaluated as defined in 34 CFR §303.321. Developmental delay is determined based on:

    (A) an evaluation using a standardized tool designated by HHSC that indicates a delay of at least 25 percent in one or more of the following developmental areas: communication; cognitive; gross motor; fine motor; social emotional; or adaptive; or

    (B) an evaluation using a standardized tool designated by HHSC that indicates a delay of at least 33 percent if the child's only delay is in expressive language; or

    (C) a qualitative determination of delay, as indicated by responses or patterns that are disordered or qualitatively different from what is expected for the child's age, and significantly interfere with the child's ability to function in the environment. When the interdisciplinary team determines there is evidence that the results of the standardized tool do not accurately reflect the child's development, eligibility must be established using a supplemental protocol designated by HHSC ECI. A child must meet the same eligibility standards in subparagraph (A) or (B) of this paragraph on the designated tool to qualify for a qualitative determination of delay unless the child has an adjusted age or chronological age of under 3 months.


Source Note: The provisions of this §108.809 adopted to be effective September 1, 2013, 38 TexReg 5524; amended to be effective March 7, 2015, 40 TexReg 939; amended to be effective June 30, 2019, 44 TexReg 3280

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