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MDT Findings Shared with Family

A written report is required from the MDT the same as is required for school-age students. This must include a completed form stating whether the child qualifies as a child with disabilities and is eligible for free, appropriate early intervention services; the basis for that decision; and a listing of the MDT team members. Recommendations for specific services are not appropriate on this report. Such recommendations are at the discretion of the IFSP team in cooperation with the family.

A detailed narrative report is not required. However, once eligibility is determined and the family decides to pursue available early intervention services, an IFSP (intervention) team should be convened to begin the Pre-IFSP Team Assessment process for developing the IFSP. If this team prepares a summary report it can be attached to the MDT Form/Report and included in the mailing to referral agents and other persons the family consents to have the information.

If the parents do not agree with the findings of the MDT, they can request an independent evaluation elsewhere in the community at the expense of the public schools following review of the request by the proper administration (see Rule 51: 006-07A). The public schools must consider the results of the independent evaluation in making recommendations for free services or during a hearing on any conflicting outcomes. (See Rule 51: 006.07G1)

The MDT findings must be shared with the parents and the Services Coordinator and the decisions regarding eligibility for early intervention services explained. This should be done in a debriefing immediately following the MDT evaluation, but can be done at a separate meeting of the MDT and the family, or by an MDT/school representative after the MDT Report is mailed to the family.

**The parents should have opportunity to have clarification/explanation of the MDT Report prior to the scheduling of an IFSP meeting. Generally, the MDT findings should not be explained in detail at the IFSP meeting. Nor should the IFSP be developed at a meeting intended to explain the MDT findings/report. Additional information, member participation, and time may be required in order to develop an effective IFSP and respect the family-centered philosophy underlying Part C of IDEA and the Nebraska Early Intervention Act.

Once the MDT Report has been shared with the parents, and the parents agree to outlining possible services for themselves and their child, a process must begin to collect needed information and arrange for participation in the IFSP meeting.

If all the necessary members and information are in place as part of the MDT process, then an "integrated MDT/IFSP" meeting can be held and effectively result in a quality IFSP. (See IFSP Team Established and Pre-IFSP Team Assessments.)

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