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125A.27 DEFINITIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Scope. For the purposes of sections 125A.259 to 125A.48, the following
terms have the meanings given them.
    Subd. 2. Coordinate. "Coordinate" means to provide ready access to a community's services
and resources to meet child and family needs.
    Subd. 3. Core early intervention services. "Core early intervention services" means
services that are available at no cost to children and families. These services include:
(1) identification and referral;
(2) screening;
(3) evaluation;
(4) assessment;
(5) service coordination;
(6) special education and related services provided under section 125A.08, and United
States Code, title 20, section 1401; and
(7) protection of parent and child rights by means of procedural safeguards.
    Subd. 4. County board. "County board" means a county board established under chapter
375.
    Subd. 5. Early intervention record. "Early intervention record" means any personally
identifiable information about a child or the child's family that is generated by the early
intervention system, and that pertains to evaluation and assessment, development of an
individualized family service plan, and the delivery of early intervention services.
    Subd. 6. Early intervention services. "Early intervention services" means services provided
in conformity with an individualized family service plan that are designed to meet the special
developmental needs of a child eligible under Code of Federal Regulations, title 34, part 303, and
the needs of the child's family related to enhancing the child's development and that are selected
in collaboration with the parent. These services include core early intervention services and
additional early intervention services listed in section 125A.29 and services defined in Code of
Federal Regulations, title 34, section 303, et seq.
    Subd. 7. Early intervention system. "Early intervention system" means the total effort in
the state to meet the needs of eligible children and their families.
    Subd. 8. Eligibility for Part C. "Eligibility for Part C" means eligibility for early childhood
special education under section 125A.02 and Minnesota Rules.
    Subd. 9. Facilitate payment. "Facilitate payment" means helping families access necessary
public or private assistance that provides payment for services required to meet needs identified in
a service plan, individual education plan (IEP), individual service plan (ISP), or individualized
family service plan (IFSP), according to time frames required by the plan. This may also include
activities to collect fees for services provided on a sliding fee basis, where permitted by state law.
    Subd. 10. Individualized family service plan. "Individualized family service plan" or
"IFSP" means a written plan for providing services to a child age birth to three years and the
child's family.
    Subd. 11. Interagency child find systems. "Interagency child find systems" means activities
developed on an interagency basis with the involvement of interagency early intervention
committees and other relevant community groups using rigorous standards to actively seek out,
identify, and refer infants and young children, with, or at risk of, disabilities, and their families,
including a child under the age of three who: (1) is involved in a substantiated case of abuse
or neglect, or (2) is identified as affected by illegal substance abuse, or withdrawal symptoms
resulting from prenatal drug exposure, to reduce the need for future services.
    Subd. 12. Local primary agency. "Local primary agency" means the agency designated
jointly by the school and county board under section 125A.29.
    Subd. 13. Natural environments. "Natural environments" means the child's home and
community settings in which children without disabilities participate.
    Subd. 14. Parent. "Parent" means the biological parent with parental rights, adoptive parent,
legal guardian, or surrogate parent.
    Subd. 15. Part C state plan. "Part C state plan" means the annual state plan application
approved by the federal government.
    Subd. 16. Pay for. "Pay for" means using federal, state, local, and private dollars available
for early intervention services.
    Subd. 17. Respite. "Respite" means short-term, temporary care provided to a child with a
disability due to the temporary absence or need for relief of the family member or members or
primary caregiver, normally providing the care.
    Subd. 18. State lead agency. "State lead agency" means the state agency receiving federal
funds for the purposes of providing early intervention services.
    Subd. 19. Surrogate parent. "Surrogate parent" means a person appointed by the local
education agency to assure that the rights of the child to early intervention services are protected.
A person cannot be a surrogate parent to a child for whom the person provides early intervention
services.
History: 1994 c 647 art 3 s 9,34; 1Sp1995 c 3 art 16 s 13; 1996 c 412 art 3 s 4,5; 1Sp1997 c
4 art 2 s 1; 1998 c 397 art 2 s 42,164; art 11 s 3; 1998 c 398 art 2 s 15; 1Sp2001 c 6 art 3 s 10;
2002 c 294 s 3; 1Sp2003 c 9 art 10 s 13; 2006 c 282 art 2 s 13-17