13A.13.02.05

.05 State Interagency Agreements.

A. Interagency Collaboration.

(1) The Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program shall ensure that formal interagency agreements are developed with each of the responsible State agencies, consistent with 34 CFR §§303.120 and 303.500—303.511.

(2) Interagency agreements shall include:

(a) The commitment of agencies to ensure financial responsibility of local participating agencies providing early intervention services, consistent with 34 CFR §303.511;

(b) Procedures for achieving a timely resolution of intra-agency and interagency disputes about payments for a given service, or disputes about other matters related to the State's early intervention system, including:

(i) Provision for an agency to resolve internal disputes according to agency procedures, in accordance with Regulation .04(I) of this chapter;

(ii) A process for notifying the Maryland Infants and Toddlers Program when an agency is unable to resolve an internal dispute; and

(iii) A mechanism for making a final determination that is binding upon the agencies involved; and

(c) Additional components as determined necessary to ensure effective cooperation and coordination among all agencies, including, but not limited to, goals and objectives to:

(i) Adopt a uniform set of administrative policies and procedures by participating agencies, consistent with Education Article, §8-416, Annotated Code of Maryland;

(ii) Support policy priorities of the Subcabinet for Children, Youth, and Families, the Department, and the Council; and

(iii) Use funds available under Part C of the Act and the annual Budget Bill, enacted pursuant to the Maryland Constitution, Article III, §52, to enhance the State's capacity to provide early intervention services.