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Early Start Post-Referral Timeline and Exceptional Family Circumstances

The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is providing the public the opportunity to review and comment on a federally mandated regulatory change to Title 17, California Code of Regulations (CCR), Section 52000 and 52086. This technical change is required in order to comply with federal regulations under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regarding the provision of early intervention services.

The proposed changes to Title 17 are being made in order to clarify that the only allowable extension to the 45 day timeline for completion of the initial evaluation and assessment permitted under federal regulations is exceptional family circumstances.

The revised regulation will be posted for 60 days beginning December 1, 2014, to meet the federal public participation requirements.

The proposed regulation changes can be viewed here.


DDS will accept public input on the change to Title 17, CCR, Sections 52000 and 52086 until January 30, 2015. Persons submitting comments should note that this change is a federal mandate in order for DDS to comply with federal IDEA Part C regulations. Any comments must be received by the DDS contact person listed below prior to 5:00 p.m., January 30, 2015.


A public hearing will be conducted on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at DDS headquarters, 1600 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 in Room 342. The public hearing will also be accessible via teleconference at 888-251-2909, Passcode 507301.


Department of Developmental Services
1600 9th Street, Room 330 (MS 3-8)
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ashley Franklin
Voice: (916) 654-2299
E-mail: ashley.franklin@dds.ca.gov
Last Updated: 3/2/2018