The Child Development Services system is an Intermediate Educational Unit that provides both Early Intervention (birth through two years) and Free Appropriate Public Education (for ages three through five years) under the supervision of the Maine Department of Education. The CDS system ensures the provision of special education rules, federal and state regulations statewide, through a network of regional sites.
CDS consists of nine regional sites and a state office. The state CDS office maintains a central data management system, system-wide policies and procedures, and provides centralized fiscal services for regional CDS sites.
Regional CDS sites provide case management and direct instruction for families with children from birth through age five. Each site conducts Child Find, which is the process of identifying children with disabilities. Screenings and evaluations are provided in order to identify children who are eligible for services. Regional CDS sites arrange for local services that include early intervention and special education and related services for eligible child from birth to age five and their families.
Child Development Services Seeks Feedback on its Proposed Revocation of the Family Participation Fee Policy
Maine’s Part C Program, which provides special education and related services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and is implemented by Child Development Services (CDS), had developed, solicited public feedback, and subsequently adopted a Family Participation Fee (FPF) policy. This policy would have required families, not exempt due financial variables, to pay a monthly fee for services provided to infants and toddlers with disabilities. Due to the departure of its Data Manager, Deputy Director, and Finance Director, in rapid succession, the implementation of the FPF was delayed. Contemporaneous with that delay, Maine’s Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) was reinvigorated with new members. The newly configured ICC was presented with the proposed implementation of FPF, as well as data related to its implementation. Additional feedback was also solicited from other stakeholders.
Based on this unequivocal feedback from the ICC and other stakeholders, Maine’s Part C Program is now proposing to not implement the FPF. This decision is also supported by work that Maine’s Part C Program has done with the Infants and Toddlers Coordinators Association’s Fiscal Cohort and the identification of additional potential sources of revenue to support Part C services.
CDS is seeking feedback from the public on the proposal to revoke the Family Participation Fee Policy. Feedback will be received until April 15, 2019 and may be directed to Roy Fowler, CDS State Director at email@example.com or at 207-592-6079.
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