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RULE §350.1015Content of the IFSP

(a) The IFSP team must develop a written IFSP containing all requirements in 20 USC §1436(d) and 34 CFR §303.344 (relating to Content of an IFSP). The IFSP must include the standardized IFSP Services Pages and the required elements designated by HHSC ECI, including:

  (1) a description of the child's present levels of development, including:

    (A) information about the child's participation in the family's typical routines and activities;

    (B) the child's strengths;

    (C) the child's developmental needs;

    (D) the family's concerns and priorities; and

    (E) the child's functional abilities identified with codes for establishing the child outcome ratings, described in §108.1307 of this chapter (regarding Child Outcomes).

  (2) a description of the case management needs of the family;

  (3) measurable goals that address:

    (A) the child's and family's needs which were identified during pre-enrollment, evaluation, and assessment;

    (B) the child's functional developmental skills by describing targeted participation in everyday family and community routines and activities; and

    (C) when the IFSP target is achieved and the action or skill is generalized;

  (4) services to:

    (A) address the goals in the IFSP;

    (B) enhance the child's functional abilities, behaviors and routines; and

    (C) strengthen the capacity of the family to meet the child's unique needs;

  (5) the discipline of each provider for every service planned; and

  (6) the name of the service coordinator.

(b) IFSP services must be monitored to assess child progress by the interdisciplinary team as described in §108.1017 of this chapter (relating to Periodic Reviews).

(c) If the IFSP team determines co-visits are necessary, the IFSP team must:

  (1) list each service on the IFSP; and

  (2) document in the IFSP a justification of how the child and family, will receive greater benefit from the services being provided at the same time.

(d) If providing services with the participation of the routine caregiver in the absence of the parent is necessary, the IFSP team must follow the requirements in §108.1016 of this chapter (relating to Planning for Services to be Delivered with the Routine Caregiver).

(e) If the IFSP team determines group services are necessary to meet the developmental needs of the individual infant or toddler:

  (1) the group services must be planned in an IFSP that also contains individual IFSP services; and

  (2) the planned group services must be documented in the child's IFSP.

(f) If the IFSP team determines that an IFSP goal cannot be achieved satisfactorily in a natural environment, the IFSP must contain a justification as to why an early childhood intervention service will be provided in a setting other than a natural environment, as determined appropriate by the parent and the rest of the IFSP team.

(g) The contents of the IFSP must be fully explained to the parent.

(h) The contractor must obtain the parent's signature on the IFSP services page. The parent's signature on the IFSP services page serves as written parental consent to provide the IFSP services. The written parental consent is valid for up to one year or until the IFSP team changes the type, intensity, or frequency of services. The contractor must not provide IFSP services without current written parental consent.

(i) The contractor must obtain, on the IFSP services page, the dated signatures of every member of the IFSP team. The IFSP must be signed by the LPHA on the team to acknowledge the planned services are reasonable and necessary.

(j) The contractor must provide the parent a copy of the signed IFSP.

(k) Any time the contractor assigns a new service coordinator, the following must be documented and attached to the IFSP:

  (1) the name of the new service coordinator;

  (2) the date of the change; and

  (3) the date the family was notified of the change and the method of notification.

Source Note: The provisions of this §350.1015 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 March 7, 2015, 40 TexReg 939; amended to be effective June 30, 2019, 44 TexReg 3280; transferred effective March 1, 2021, as published in the Texas Register February 5, 2021, 46 TexReg 941

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