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Individualized Service Plans

What is an Individualized Service Plan for Specialized Services?

An Individualized Service Plan (ISP) is a document that outlines the individualized strategies that the family and their specialized services team will follow as they work together to meet the family’s and child’s needs.

The ISP is a living document that changes over time to reflect the family’s priorities, the child’s developmental stage, planning for transitions and the progress being made toward the goals and objectives set by the family and their specialized services team.

For families receiving specialized services, the ISP describes:

  • the goals or purpose for providing specialized services
  • the steps necessary to achieve the goals
  • ways of tracking progress towards achieving the goals.

See Guidelines for Developing an Individualized Service Plan ISP for Specialized Services.

Why is an Individualized Service Plan Needed?

Individualized Service Plans (ISP) are needed to ensure the specialized services being provided are addressing the critical needs of the child and family, and are focused on achieving the goals that have been identified by the family and their specialized services team.

A good ISP increases the likelihood of success in achieving the desired goals, and is essential for any service designed to produce change.

See Guidelines for Developing an Individualized Service Plan ISP for Specialized Services.

What is a Specialized Services Team?

A specialized services team is a group of individuals, supported by the family’s FSCD worker, who work together to develop and implement a single service plan to co-ordinate and deliver a family’s specialized services.

The specialized services team includes:

  • the parents and child
  • family members or other individuals significantly involved in the family’s life who the parent would like to be included based on each family’s unique needs, aides, and health professionals such as psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, or speech- language pathologists.

Who is Responsible for the Individualized Service Plan?

The Individualized Service Plan (ISP) is developed by the family and their specialized services team, who share responsibility for monitoring and accomplishing the goals outlined in the ISP. A member of the team ensures it is updated to reflect the progress being made toward the goals.

Information on Multi-Disciplinary Teams

Created: 2013-01-04
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PID: 15867