Child Development Services (CDS)

Request for Public Input on the Revised Part C System of Payments Policy:

CDS seeking public input on its recently revised System of Payments policy for Part C services. The revised policy reflects the feedback that CDS received from stakeholders and the State Interagency Coordinating Council regarding the implementation of a family fee for receipt of Part C services for families who meet income guidelines. That feedback overwhelmingly expressed concern that the use of a family fee would decrease the number of families accessing Part C services, necessitate the addition of at least one position to the State Office team, require increased expenditures in postage and tracking payments, and that the revenue generated from a family fee would be minimal and fail to justify the anticipated challenges and costs. The revised policy can be found here: System of Payments Policy for Part C Services. Feedback will be accepted until January 31, 2020 and can be submitted to CDSStateDirector@maine.gov, using the subject line “SoP input”.

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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.