Early Intervention Process
Since EDIS provides statutory services in accordance with IDEA, Families are entitled to certain procedural safeguards and due process rights.
Families eligible for EIS have rights for procedural safeguards afforded to them by the law. The military medical departments are responsible for ensuring these safeguards. Should a Family believe their procedural safeguards were denied, they may request a formal conference or mediation to resolve these disagreements. If this is not successful, the Family may request a formal hearing through the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA). Families may also request a hearing without using the other methods to resolve their disagreement.
You have the right to confidentiality of information. EDIS will safeguard all personally identifiable Family Information.
Consent to Release Information
Personally identifiable information concerning anyone in your Family can not be released outside the Department of Defense (DOD) without your written approval. If the requesting agency is also a DOD agency, and there is a rightful need for the requested information, the information may be released.
Right to Examine Records
You have the right to examine records concerning the early intervention services your child and Family receive. These records include screening, assessment, eligibility, the development and implementation of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), and progress notes written by the provider(s).
Prior Written Notice
EDIS must provide you with written notification (Notice of Proposed Action) whenever EDIS proposes to initiate or change the identification, evaluation, or any aspect of the early intervention services.
Information must be provided in a language understandable to you or provided via other modes of communication that you understand. This information includes prior written notifications (Notice of Proposed Action) and procedural safeguards.
Accept or Decline
You can accept or decline any or all early intervention services. Choosing not to participate in one service will not affect the delivery of other services you have chosen to accept.
You have the right to file a complaint about any aspect of the early intervention services your child and family receive.
Continued Services During Dispute
During any action involving a complaint, you and your child will continue to receive the early intervention services currently being provided, unless otherwise agreed upon between you and EDIS.