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The Task Force to Study the Cost-effectiveness of the Child Development Services System was created by Public Law 1997, Chapter 534, section 20. The task force was to consist of 16 members, including four legislators, three state department representatives, two contract service providers, two parents of children receiving services through the Child Development Services (CDS) System, one CDS site director, one CDS site board member, one public school special education director, one community health nurse and one member representing the organizational development profession. The member appointed in the last category resigned from the task force before the first meeting because of scheduling conflicts; no replacement was appointed.

The charge to the task force was to:

  • Study and make recommendations regarding the most efficient and cost effective manner in which the Child Development Services System could achieve greater administrative efficiency and economy.
  • Review and make recommendations regarding the cost-effectiveness of hiring professional staff to be employed at the regional child development services sites as compared to contracting for services with nonprofit and for-profit service providers.

The task force was directed to submit its report to the Second Regular Session of the 119th Legislature in January, 1998. A copy of the authorizing legislation, a list of the members, summaries of task force meetings and a chart showing the typical process for provision of early intervention services through CDS are attached as appendices. The task force was convened on November 21, 1997, to begin its work and also met on December 4 and December 17, 1997, and January 5, 1998.



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