303.700 State monitoring and enforcement.
(a) The lead agency must—
(1) Monitor the implementation of this part;
(2) Make determinations annually about the performance of each EIS program using the categories identified in §303.703(b);
(3) Enforce this part consistent with §303.704, using appropriate enforcement mechanisms, which must include, if applicable, the enforcement mechanisms identified in §303.704(a)(1) (technical assistance) and §303.704(a)(2) (imposing conditions on the lead agency’s funding of an EIS program or, if the lead agency does not provide part C funds to the EIS program, an EIS provider), §303.704(b)(2)(i) (corrective action or improvement plan) and §303.704(b)(2)(iv) (withholding of funds, in whole or in part by the lead agency), and §303.704(c)(2) (withholding of funds, in whole or in part by the lead agency); and
(4) Report annually on the performance of the State and of each EIS program under this part as provided in §303.702.
(b) The primary focus of the State’s monitoring activities must be on—
(1) Improving early intervention results and functional outcomes for all infants and toddlers with disabilities; and
(2) Ensuring that EIS programs meet the program requirements under part C of the Act, with a particular emphasis on those requirements that are most closely related to improving early intervention results for infants and toddlers with disabilities.
(c) As a part of its responsibilities under paragraph (a) of this section, the State must use quantifiable indicators and such qualitative indicators as are needed to adequately measure performance in the priority areas identified in paragraph (d) of this section, and the indicators established by the Secretary for the State performance plans.
(d) The lead agency must monitor each EIS program located in the State, using quantifiable indicators in each of the following priority areas, and using such qualitative indicators as are needed to adequately measure performance in those areas:
(1) Early intervention services in natural environments.
(2) State exercise of general supervision, including child find, effective monitoring, the use of resolution sessions (if the State adopts part B due process hearing procedures under §303.430(d)(2)), mediation, and a system of transition services as defined in section 637(a)(9) of the Act.
(e) In exercising its monitoring responsibilities under paragraph (d) of this section, the State must ensure that when it identifies noncompliance with the requirements of this part by EIS programs and providers, the noncompliance is corrected as soon as possible and in no case later than one year after the State’s identification of the noncompliance.
(Approved by Office of Management and Budget under control number 1820-0578)