Children 4-7Family Support Services
Montana Family Education and Support Services ensure that enrolled families have access to a coordinated program of comprehensive supports and services. This means that the staff within the system will work closely with your family to provide the kinds of supports that make the most sense based on your child’s assessed needs and your family’s priorities. These services are provided in your home.
The Individualized Family Service Plan, or IFSP, is your child’s written plan for services. This plan outlines the goals you and your team will work on based on the needs you identify for your child and family. This plan is family centered, which means you plan an active role throughout the process.
A Family Support Specialist will work with you to develop the IFSP based on information gathered through assessment, observation, and family priorities. The plan will list the services your child needs and the duties of everyone involved.
A Family Support Specialist is responsible for explaining the IFSP process to you. He or she will make sure the IFSP is written accurately and clearly and will answer any questions you have. Your signature on the IFSP shows your participation and your agreement with the plan. However, if you disagree with all or part of the IFSP, you have the right to share your concerns and ask for changes. You may accept or refuse any or all services recommended to you. Services are voluntary; once services begin you may stop that service any time you wish. A copy of the IFSP is given to you after it is completed and signed.
The written IFSP is reviewed at least every 6 months. It is also updated at least once per year. However, your needs and resources may change, so more frequent reviews can be held to make changes as needed.