Early Intervention Services Indicators  

Local Infants and Toddlers Program Results for Early Intervention Services
 
Maryland: Indicator 1 

Percent of infants and toddlers with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) who receive the early intervention services on their IFSPs in a timely manner.

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Narrative Description of Indicator

To report the percent of infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children with IFSPs who received early intervention services on their IFSPs in a timely manner between 7/1/17 and 6/30/18, MSDE generated a report from the statewide Part C database comparing the IFSP meeting date and the actual service initiation date for all services on initial IFSPs and any service added during the time period with the State’s criteria for timely service delivery: not later than 30 days from the date of parent’s signature on the IFSP. The target data reported for this indicator includes data for all 24 LITPs.  MSDE and LITPs verified family-related reasons or IFSP team decision making for the legitimate initiation of services outside the 30-day timeline and the report was modified based on the results of the State and local reviews and the LITP validation. The State total number of children includes children on the Extended IFSP Option from 7/1/17 to 6/30/18.

MSDE continued to monitor the implementation of the timely service requirement through the data system.  MSDE required that all LITPs implement an improvement plan with strategies to achieve 100% compliance when substantial compliance (95%) was achieved but 100% compliance was not achieved.  MSDE also required that all LITPs implement a Corrective Action Plan with strategies to achieve 100% compliance when substantial compliance was not achieved.  Finally, MSDE required all LITPs to collect and validate the service initiation date for all IFSP services and the reasons why any service was not delivered in a timely manner, and to monitor compliance with the requirement on an ongoing basis.

In FFY 2017, the State did not meet its target of 100%, but progress was made.  Fourteen of 24 LITPs achieved the State target.  Seven other LITPs achieved substantial compliance (greater than 95%), but did not achieve the State target. 
Progress was noted from FFY 2016 (97.24%) to FFY 2017 (97.86%) in the percentage of infants and toddlers with IFSPs who received the early intervention services on their IFSPs in a timely manner.