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(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 health, education, and county human
service agencies, county boards, school boards, early childhood family education programs,
Head Start, parents of young children with disabilities under age 12, child care resource and
referral agencies, school readiness programs, 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,
especially parents with premature infants, or infants with other physical risk factors associated
with learning or development complications, of available programs and services;
(2) to reduce families' need for future services, and especially parents with premature infants,
or infants with other physical risk factors associated with learning or development complications,
implement interagency child find systems designed to actively seek out, identify, and refer infants
and young children with, or at risk of, disabilities, including a child under the age of three who: (i)
is involved in a substantiated case of abuse or neglect or (ii) is identified as affected by illegal
substance abuse, or withdrawal symptoms resulting from prenatal drug exposure;
(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) implement a process for assuring that services involve cooperating agencies at all steps
leading to individualized programs;
(6) facilitate the development of a transitional plan if a service provider is not recommended
to continue to provide services;
(7) identify the current services and funding being provided within the community for
children with disabilities under age five and their families;
(8) 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 C, Public Law
108-446) and United States Code, title 20, section 631, et seq. (Chapter I, Public Law 89-313); and
(9) 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, the section on children with special needs in the county child care fund plan, sections
in Head Start plans on coordinated planning and services for children with special needs, any
relevant portions of early childhood education plans, such as early childhood family education or
school readiness, or other applicable coordinated school and community plans for early childhood
programs and services, 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.
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 45,164; art 11 s 3; 1998 c 398 art 3 s 1; 1999 c 123 s 14; 1Sp2003 c
9 art 3 s 12; art 10 s 13; 2006 c 282 art 2 s 20

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