Federal regulations implementing Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) require the state to have procedures for use by primary referral sources in referring children under age three to ECI. As of October of 2011, children under three are to be referred to an ECI contracted program no more than seven days after being identified as having a developmental delay or disability.
The intent of the regulation is that families who may need services for their children get information about the availability of a program funded to help their child and family as soon as possible after a delay or disability is identified.
34 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Sec. 303.303 (a)(2)(i)
§303.303 Referral Procedures
(a) General. (1) The lead agency’s child find system described in § 303.302 must include the State’s
procedures for use by primary referral sources for referring a child under the age of three to the Part C
(2) The procedures required in paragraph (a)(1) of this section must-
(i) Provide for referring a child as soon as possible, but in no case more than seven days, after the child has been identified;
Primary referral sources listed in §303.303 (b) include the following health and medical professionals:
Hospitals, including prenatal and postnatal care facilities,
Public health facilities,
Other public health or social service agencies, and
Other clinics and health care providers