Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 10: Licensing and Community Action

10.3 Licensing Agency

10.3.4 Technical Assistance from the Licensing Agency Compensation for Participation in Multidisciplinary Assessments for Children with Special Health Care or Education Needs

The agency (or a council of such agencies) within the state responsible for overseeing child care for children with special health care or educational needs should assure that the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) or the Individualized Education Program (IEP) includes compensation for the hours of time spent by members of the multidisciplinary team and the staff from the child care program in developing the assessment defined in Standards

Unless there is a source of compensation for the time spent in planning and completing assessments, these requirements cannot be implemented.

Funding under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) makes it possible for the resources and funding for service to follow the child. Traditionally, these funds have paid for individual therapists only, and not for others who participate in formulating the IFSP or IEP. This tradition of restrained spending inhibits effective service delivery for children and families (1).

For more information and resources, contact the State Children with Special Health Care Needs Program Director. Contact information for each state can be found at:
RELATED STANDARDS Facility Self-Assessment Technical Assistance in Developing Plan Review of Plan for Serving Children with Disabilities or Children with Special Health Care Needs
  1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau. State Title V contacts.