125A.30 Interagency early intervention committees.
(a) A school district, group of districts, or special education cooperative, in cooperation with the health and human service agencies located in the county or counties in which the district or cooperative is located, must establish an interagency early intervention committee for children with disabilities under age five and their families under this section, and for children with disabilities ages three to 22 consistent with the requirements under sections 125A.023 and 125A.027. Committees must include representatives of local and regional health, education, and county human service agencies, county boards, school boards, early childhood family education programs, parents of young children with disabilities under age 12, current service providers, and may also include representatives from other private or public agencies and school nurses. The committee must elect a chair from among its members and must meet at least quarterly.
(b) The committee must develop and implement interagency policies and procedures concerning the following ongoing duties:
(1) develop public awareness systems designed to inform potential recipient families of available programs and services;
(2) implement interagency child find systems designed to actively seek out, identify, and refer infants and young children with, or at risk of, disabilities and their families;
(3) establish and evaluate the identification, referral, child and family assessment systems, procedural safeguard process, and community learning systems to recommend, where necessary, alterations and improvements;
(4) assure the development of individualized family service plans for all eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities from birth through age two, and their families, and individual education plans and individual service plans when necessary to appropriately serve children with disabilities, age three and older, and their families and recommend assignment of financial responsibilities to the appropriate agencies;
(5) encourage agencies to develop individual family service plans for children with disabilities, age three and older;
(6) implement a process for assuring that services involve cooperating agencies at all steps leading to individualized programs;
(7) facilitate the development of a transitional plan if a service provider is not recommended to continue to provide services;
(8) identify the current services and funding being provided within the community for children with disabilities under age five and their families;
(9) develop a plan for the allocation and expenditure of additional state and federal early intervention funds under United States Code, title 20, section 1471 et seq. (Part H, Public Law Number 102-119) and United States Code, title 20, section 631, et seq. (Chapter I, Public Law Number 89-313); and
(10) develop a policy that is consistent with section 13.05, subdivision 9, and federal law to enable a member of an interagency early intervention committee to allow another member access to data classified as not public.
(c) The local committee shall also:
(1) participate in needs assessments and program planning activities conducted by local social service, health and education agencies for young children with disabilities and their families; and
(2) review and comment on the early intervention section of the total special education system for the district, the county social service plan, the section or sections of the community health services plan that address needs of and service activities targeted to children with special health care needs, and the section of the maternal and child health special project grants that address needs of and service activities targeted to children with chronic illness and disabilities.
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