Screening in EI Guidance
The Part C Federal Regulations include the provision of screening as a post-referral activity. This was designed for states with high referral rates not meeting the 45 day timeline from referral to IFSP meeting.
DPH does not include screening procedures in the MA EI Operational Standards. DPH does allow for an initial home visit coded as an Intake to share and gather information from families regarding eligibility.
Community outreach (NOT screening) is an allowable activity under “Child Find/Public Awareness.” This can include EI staff visiting an early education and care program, describing resources, and educating the early education and care staff on the referral process. It should not include the administration of a screening tool with the potential to “screen-out” potentially eligible children.
If you have any questions related to screening, please contact your Regional Specialist.