Proposed Changes to the Commonwealth's Application for 25th year funding under Part C sign now

Dear Mr. Benham:

We the undersigned, wish to be recorded in opposition to the proposed changes to the Commonwealth's application for the 25th year funding under Part C of IDEA. We ask that our opposition be included in the public hearing summary provided to OSEP as part of the 25th year application. We strongly oppose the bifurcation eligibility model because it would deny our children and our families their rights under Part C of IDEA and it would create two separate and unequal systems of care for Early Intervention Services in Massachusetts. For the first time in nearly 20 years, eligibility for Early Intervention services would not be based on a child's level of delay but on the ability to pay. THIS IS WRONG. We urge the department to actively pursue and exhaust all options to prevent the need to implement a bifurcated system and continue to work with the Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium on cost saving initiatives that will allow Massachusetts to preserve Early Intervention services for all eligible children.

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