(a)A public agency must conduct an evaluation or reevaluation process in accordance with this rule before determining that a child qualifies for early intervention (EI) services, changing the child’s eligibility, or terminating the child’s eligibility under OAR 581-015-2780 (EI Eligibility).
(b)EI evaluations and reevaluations must be conducted in accordance with OAR 581-015-2790 (ECSE Evaluation)(8) and (9)(b)-(f).
(2)Request for initial evaluation. Consistent with the consent requirements in OAR 581-015-2730 (Parent Consent for EI):
(a)A parent or public agency may initiate a request for an initial evaluation to determine if a child qualifies for EI services.
(b)A public agency must refer a child as soon as possible, but in no case more than seven days after the child has been identified.
(3)When initial evaluation must be conducted. An initial evaluation must be conducted to determine if a child is eligible for EI services when a public agency suspects or has reason to suspect that the child has a disability, developmental delay, or condition likely to result in developmental delay.
(4)Evaluation planning. Before conducting any evaluation or reevaluation, the public agency must conduct evaluation planning in accordance with OAR 581-015-2115 (Evaluation Planning).
(5)Notice and consent.
(a)Before conducting any evaluation or reevaluation, the public agency must provide notice to the parent in accordance with OAR 581-015-2745 (Prior Written Notice and Notice of Procedural Safeguards — EI/ECSE Program) that describes any evaluation procedures the agency proposes to conduct as a result of the evaluation planning process.
(b)Before conducting any evaluation or reevaluation, the public agency must obtain written consent for evaluation in accordance with OAR 581-015-2730 (Parent Consent for EI) and 581-015-2740 (Exceptions to Parental Consent — EI/ECSE Program).
(c)If the public agency refuses an evaluation or reevaluation requested by the parent, the public agency must provide the parent with prior written notice under OAR 581-015-2745 (Prior Written Notice and Notice of Procedural Safeguards — EI/ECSE Program).
(d)Parents may challenge the public agency’s refusal to conduct an evaluation or reevaluation under OAR 581-015-2870 (Due Process Hearings).
(6)EI Evaluation requirements: An EI evaluation or reevaluation must:
(a)Be conducted by a multidisciplinary team representing two or more separate disciplines or professions, including persons who are knowledgeable about the child;
(b)Assess the child’s level of functioning in all the following areas: cognitive development, physical development including vision and hearing, communication development, social or emotional development, and adaptive development;
(c)Be based on informed clinical opinion;
(d)Be completed in time to conduct the initial IFSP meeting within 45 calendar days from the date of referral, except when the parent has not provided consent for the initial evaluation, or the initial assessment of the child, despite documented, repeated attempts by the lead agency or EI provider to obtain parental consent.
(A)These exceptional circumstances must be documented in the child’s early intervention records and note the extenuating family circumstances or the lead agency or EI providers attempts to obtain consent;
(B)The initial evaluation, assessment, or initial IFSP meeting must be completed as soon as possible after the documented circumstances described no longer exist or consent is obtained;
(C)An interim IFSP should be developed and implemented to the extent appropriate: and
(A)For a child suspected of having autism spectrum disorder, deafblindness, hearing impairment, orthopedic impairment, traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment, the evaluation requirements in OAR 581-015-2130 (Autism Spectrum Disorder) through 581-015-2180 (Visual Impairment) for the respective disability; or
(B)A diagnosis of a physical or mental condition as described under in OAR 581-015-2780 (EI Eligibility)(3)(b); or
(C)An evaluation for determining a developmental delay as follows:
(i)At least one norm-referenced, standardized test addressing the child’s level of functioning in each of the following developmental areas: cognitive; physical (including vision and hearing); communication; social or emotional; and adaptive;
(ii)At least one additional procedure to confirm the child’s level of functioning in each area of suspected delay listed in subsection (6)(e)(C)(i) of this rule;
(iii)At least one 20-minute observation of the child;
(iv)A review of previous testing, medical data and parent reports; and
(v)Other evaluative information as necessary to determine eligibility.
(f)All evaluations and assessments of a child must be conducted in the native language of the child, unless it is clearly not feasible to do so.
(7)Reevaluation. A public agency must conduct a reevaluation of a child receiving early intervention services in accordance with OAR 581-015-2105 (Evaluation and Reevaluation Requirements) if the public agency determines that the EI needs of the child warrant a reevaluation, or, subject to subsection (5), if the child’s parent or EI specialist requests a reevaluation.
Rule 581-015-2775 — EI Evaluation,