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Early Steps Policy Handbook and Operations Guide

The Early Steps Policy Handbook and Operations Guide are intended to guide state and local decisions and actions related to implementation of the Early Steps system. These guiding documents represent the official position of the Early Steps State Office and the commitment to ensure Florida has a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multi-disciplinary, interagency system to provide early intervention services and supports to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C, the CMS Developmental Evaluation and Intervention Program (391.301 - 391.308, F.S.) and the Developmental Disabilities Program (Ch. 393, F.S.)

Policies currently in effect are available below:

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Overview of Policy Updates Effective January 1, 2015

Component 1 - General Supervision and Administration

 

Component 2 - Public Awareness

 

Component 3 - First Contacts, Evaluation, Assessment

 

Component 4 - Service Coordination

 

Component 5 - Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP)

 

Component 6 - Early Intervention Services and Supports

 

Component 7 - Transitions

 

Component 8 - Procedural Safeguards

 

Component 9 - Family Involvement

 

Component 10 - Personnel Development and Standards

 

Component 11 - Interagency Agreements

 

Component 12 - Data and Record Keeping

 

Component 13 - Developmental Evaluation and Intervention (DEI)

 

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