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Transition Services


RULE 12 CCR 2509-10

 

7.970  TRANSITION STEPS AND SERVICES

 

A.  The service coordinator shall, prior to notifying the special education Administrative Unit in which a child who is potentially eligible for preschool special education services resides and the Department of Education, inform the parent of the opt-out policy, as defined in Section 7.970, B.

1.  If a parent chooses to opt out of having his or her child's information sent to the Administrative Unit and the Department of Education for notification, the following shall occur:

a.  The state form shall be completed to indicate that the parent has signed a written request to withhold notification and is submitted by the parent to the Community Centered Board within ten (10) calendar days of the date delineated on the form; and,

b.  The state form shall become part of the child's record.

2.  A parent may revoke his or her choice to opt out at any time by providing written notice to the Community Centered Board.

B.  For the purpose of transition planning, the opt-out policy refers to the procedural safeguard provided to a parent to prevent, through written request, the transmittal of personally identifiable information about his or her child and family, as defined in Sections 7.901 and 7.970, D, to the Administrative Unit and the Department of Education, at the time that a child is approaching three (3) years of age.

C.  For the purpose of transition planning, a child who is potentially eligible for preschool special education services is defined as a child who is enrolled in early intervention services, and who:

1.  Has not met all outcomes on his or her Individualized Family Service Plan; and/or,

2.  Is demonstrating a delay in any developmental domain, based on the expertise of a member of the Individualized Family Service Plan team.

D.  A Community Centered Board service coordinator shall notify, using the state form, the Administrative Unit of a child who is potentially eligible, unless a parent has signed the opt-out policy statement. The following information will be provided:

1.  For a child who is potentially eligible and whose parent has not chosen to opt out of notification to the Administrative Unit, the child's first, middle and last name, date of birth, parent contact information including name(s), address(es) and telephone number(s), will be provided:

a.  Not fewer than ninety (90) days and not more than nine (9) months prior to the child's third (3rd) birthday for any child with an active Individualized Family Service Plan; or,

b.  As soon as possible for a child determined eligible fewer than ninety (90) days and more than forty-five (45) days prior to the child's third (3rd) birthday.

2.  If a child is referred to the Community Centered Board fewer than forty-five (45) days prior to the child's third (3rd) birthday and the child may be eligible for preschool special education services, the Community Centered Board, with written parental consent, shall refer the child to the Administrative Unit in which the child resides and the Department of Education.

E.  A Community Centered Board shall provide the Administrative Unit, with written parental consent, current information for a child who is potentially eligible regarding the child's early intervention services, including assessment information, and a copy of the most current Individualized Family Service Plan.

F.  A Community Centered Board service coordinator shall establish a transition plan within an Individualized Family Service Plan to support a smooth transition:

1.  Not fewer than ninety (90) days, and at the discretion of all parties, not more than nine (9) months prior to the child's third (3rd) birthday; or,

2.  As soon as possible for a child referred at a later age whose eligibility was established and an Individualized Family Service Plan was developed fewer than ninety (90) days and more than forty-five (45) days prior to the child's third (3rd) birthday.

G.  The transition plan shall be developed with the family and shall include, at a minimum, the following:

1.  A description of transition steps and services the Individualized Family Service team determines necessary to support a smooth transition from early intervention services to preschool special education services, under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which is incorporated by reference as defined in section 7.900, A, 4, or other appropriate services; and,

2.  A description of transition steps includes:

a.  As appropriate, how the child and his or her family will exit from early intervention services; and,

b.  How a parent shall be informed of and included in the transition process, including a review of the future placements and the program options for the child from the child's third (3rd) birthday through the remainder of the school year; and,

c.  Confirmation by the Community Centered Board that the basic personally identifiable information, defined in Section 7.970, D, 1, has been transmitted to the Administrative Unit; and,

d.  With parental consent, confirmation of the transmission of additional information needed by the Administrative Unit to ensure continuity of services from early intervention services to preschool special education services, including a copy of the most recent evaluation and assessments of the child and the family, and the most recent Individualized Family Service Plan; and,

e.  Procedures to prepare a child for changes in service delivery and strategies to help a child adjust to and function in a new setting; and,

f.  Any transition services and other activities that the Individualized Family Service Plan team identifies as needed by the child, or his or her family, to support the transition of the child.

H.  With documented verbal or written parental approval, a transition conference shall be convened no later than ninety (90) days and, at the discretion of all participants, no earlier than nine (9) months prior to a child's third (3rd) birthday.

1.  For a child who is potentially eligible, the participants at a transition conference shall include:

a.  A parent of a child who is approaching three (3) years of age; and,

b.  The service coordinator; and,

c.  Representative(s) from the Administrative Unit.

2.  In the event that a representative of the Administrative Unit does not attend the transition conference for a child who is potentially eligible, the service coordinator shall conduct a transition conference as scheduled.

3.  A Community Centered Board shall make reasonable efforts to convene a transition conference for a child who is not potentially eligible for preschool special education services to discuss appropriate services that the child may receive, with the documented verbal or written approval of the parent. The following participants shall attend the conference:

a.  Parent of a child who is approaching three (3) years of age; and,

b.  Service coordinator; and,

c.  Providers of other appropriate services.

I.  If the transition conference is held in combination with the Individualized Family Service Plan meeting to develop the transition plan, the requirements of Sections 7.970, F through H, shall be met.

J.  A Community Centered Board shall terminate early intervention services for a child whose parent elects to begin idea Part B preschool special education services provided through an Individualized Education Program prior to the child's third birthday in lieu of receiving IDEA Part C early intervention services.

 

PROCEDURE - Transition Steps and Services

In accordance with 34 C.F.R., Section 303.209 (b), the Department shall provide monthly notification to the Colorado Department of Education, as the state education agency, the first, middle, and last name, date of birth and parent contact information for all children who are potentially eligible for preschool special education services and for whom a notification date has been entered into the state database.

 

Other Transition Steps and Services Documents

"Transition Interagency Agreement" (Appendix B)

"Family Guidebook III: Transition Planning"

"Family Rights: Notice of Family Rights and Procedural Safeguards in the Early  

     Intervention Colorado System"



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