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A Family Rights Handbook: Assuming a full and active role in early intervention To the Family: Our goal in the EarlySteps system is the same as yours: to make sure that your child receives services as soon as possible to help them develop for the future. When your child is eligible for services in EarlySteps, your family is also entitled to certain rights designed to protect your child and family during your participation in the system. All families served by EarlySteps are guaranteed these rights; they rights are required by federal and state laws, regulations, and policies and are called Procedural Safeguards . For more information about these Procedural Safeguards, please review Chapter 2 of the EarlySteps Practice Manual. The purpose of this handbook is to provide you with your family’s rights in the following areas: Right to Written, Prior Notice Right to Written, Informed Parent Consent Right to Confidentiality of Information Right to Review Records Right to Resolve Disputes Child’s Right to a Surrogate Parent . EarlySteps also provides other safeguards, which are also described in this handbook: Evaluation and Assessment provided at no cost Services provided in the natural environment according to an Individualized Family Service Plan within 45 days of referral Services begin no later than 30 days from signed consent on the IFSP Right to decline evaluation and services Freedom of choice in provider selection In addition, there are definitions of some of the terms used in this handbook at the end. These terms are shown in italics in the document. Written, Prior Notice Parents must receive written, prior notice before the agency or service provider: proposes or refuses an activity changes the identification, evaluation, or placement of your child changes the provision of early intervention services This notice must inform the parent of the action(s) being proposed or refused and the reason(s) for the action(s), the safeguards and the process for filing a complaint if you do not agree. EarlySteps uses a form called a Notice of Action for any such action(s). A copy of this Family Rights Handbook must be provided with the notice. The notice is written in a way that is understandable to the general public and provided in your native language , unless it is clearly impossible to do so. Parent Consent Written parental consent must be obtained before conducting an initial evaluation and assessment and before providing any early intervention services. Parents may choose not to give consent for any particular service without jeopardizing any other services, and they may refuse a service at any time, even after accepting it, without affecting other intervention services. The exception to this right regarding refusing a service is service coordination, which is a required service in EarlySteps.
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  • Winter '17
  • Informed consent, early intervention, EarlySteps

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