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What is an IFSP?

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Benefits for Famillies
The Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is both a process and a document intended to assist families and professionals in a community in their combined efforts to meet the developmental needs of a young child from birth to age three with special needs.

Legal Requirements
The Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) is part of a system of special education laws at both the federal and the state level. The IFSP is also a part of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Process
IFSP as a Community/School Process - The flow sheet on this page shows the IFSP process as it is outlined in state regulations. Look first at the overall flow, and then click on each element to learn more about it. Notice especially the MDT evaluation in the middle. The MDT evaluation is a part of the IFSP process, but the MDT and the IFSP are not the same.

The Nebraska Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services has prepared a 14 page form (called EI-1) to guide the preparation and documentation of the IFSP. This form documents the efforts of families and professionals to identify and meet the developmental needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. It is a written plan for the provision of early intervention services. Click on each box on this page for an explanation of how the page should be used.

Quiz - What is an IFSP?
Test your knowledge of the material contained in this section of IFSPWeb. If you want to keep track of your journey and results through the website you must login to create your profile. After you login, complete the quiz at the end of the module. If you are sharing your results with a supervisor, your supervisor must login to create a profile so that they can view your results. If you need assistance you can email: librarian@answers4families.org or call 1-800-746-8420 or 402-472-0844.

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