The Individualized Family Support Plan (IFSP) is a legal document – serving as an agreement between FCESS and you, the parent. The IFSP is the road map for FCESS services; it guides the IFSP team in providing the necessary supports and services to your child and family. The IFSP will describe the strengths of your child and family and help guide you toward achieving the goals that you have. The IFSP must contain the following information:
- A statement of your child’s present level of physical development, cognitive development, communication development, social/emotional development and adaptive development.
- A statement of major outcomes expected to be achieved by your child and family, along with strategies and ways progress will be measured so we know how your child is doing.
- A statement of exactly what services will be needed to meet the needs of your child and family.
- The natural environments in which the supports and services will be provided.
- The “who will do it, what will be done, where it will happen, and how often” of the plan including the projected start date for each service and duration.
- A summary of documented medical services your child may need such as hospitalization, surgery, or medication and to the extent possible, available funding sources. If you do not have Medicaid, but think you may be eligible, FCESS can assist you with the application, help you connect with special medical services if this is appropriate, or assist you in accessing other low cost health resources.
- The name, telephone number, agency and location of your Service Coordinator and the names of all of your team members.
- Beginning at 27 months, the steps that will be taken to support the transition from FCESS to the school district, Area Agency services for children 3 years and older and community programs available to help your child and family. (For more information see transitioning out of FCESS).
- Your Signature – Services cannot begin or be changed without your signature. You must agree for services to begin and agree that you understand your rights.
The IFSP is intended to address your family’s needs as well as your child’s needs, so you will be asked about your family’s strengths, needs and concerns. These may seem like strange questions but FCESS wants to get to know you and help integrate services and supports into the activities you already enjoy. If you are willing to share this information, the IFSP should include a statement of your family’s strengths, needs and concerns relating to promoting your child’s development. Your Service Coordinator will also give you a copy of the Know Your Rights manual, if you haven’t been given one.
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