TITLE 89: SOCIAL SERVICES
CHAPTER IV: DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER e: EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES
PART 500 EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM
SECTION 500.155 RIGHT TO CONSENT
Section 500.155 Right to Consent
a) As used in this Subpart:
1) "Consent" means that:
A) The parent has been fully informed of all information relevant to the activity for which consent is sought, in the parent's native language or other mode of communication;
B) The parent understands and agrees in writing to the carrying out of the activity for which consent is sought, and the consent describes that activity and lists the records (if any) that will be released and to whom; and
C) The parent understands that the granting of consent is voluntary on the part of the parent and may be revoked at any time;
2) "Native language", where used with reference to persons of limited English proficiency, means the language or mode of communication normally used by the parent of a child eligible under this Part;
3) "Personally identifiable" means that information includes:
A) The name of the child, the child's parent, or other family member;
B) The address of the child;
C) A personal identifier, such as the child's or parent's social security number; or
D) A list of personal characteristics or other information that would make it possible to identify the child with reasonable certainty.
b) Parental consent
1) Written parental consent must be obtained before:
A) Conducting the initial evaluation/assessment of a child; and
B) Initiating the provision of early intervention services.
2) If consent is not given, the regional intake entity, the local provider or other participating agency shall make reasonable efforts to ensure that the parent:
A) Is fully aware of the nature of the evaluation/assessment or the services that would be available; and
B) Understands that the child will not be able to receive the evaluation/assessment or services unless consent is given.
c) Right to decline services
The parents of a child eligible under this Part may determine whether they, their child, or other family members will accept or decline any early intervention services under this Part in accordance with State law, and may decline a service after first accepting it, without jeopardizing other early intervention services under this Part.
d) Right to written consent regarding exchange of information.
1) Each regional intake entity, local service provider and participating agency shall obtain consent in writing from parents before they collect, maintain or use records as defined in Section 500.150 regarding eligible children.
2) Each agency shall use the records only for the purpose for which they are collected or maintained.
3) Each agency shall maintain the records in a confidential, secure manner, allowing access only as required to serve the eligible child as consented to by the parent, and access as described in Section 500.150.
4) The exchange of records and any personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained under this Part is precluded without written notice of and written consent to the exchange of information among agencies consistent with federal and State law, or as otherwise allowed by that law.
5) Each agency shall have procedures in writing to ensure compliance with this Section.