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Texas has failed to ensure children with developmental delays have early access to speech and occupational therapy and other services, according to a letter written this week by U.S. education officials who say the state is not complying with federal special education guidelines.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has three months to draw up a plan to ensure that a program that pays for infants and toddlers to receive such early intervention therapies is reaching all eligible Texans, federal officials wrote. Failure to do so could cost the state federal funding.
After years of budget cuts in Texas caused nonprofit therapy providers to drop out of the program, U.S. Department of Education officials found Texas to be in “significant noncompliance” with education guidelines on early intervention services.