Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 108 Part 5.djvu/458

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108 STAT. 3948 PUBLIC LAW 103-382—OCT. 20, 1994 and who have sufficient authority to engage in policy plsinning and implementation on behalf of such agencies; and "(B) who are from the office of the Chief Executive Officer of the State with responsibility with respect to budget and finance; and "(3) such additional members as the appointing authority considers appropriate. "(e) FUNCTIONS. —The new Council shall— "(1) establish formal policies regarding the operation of the new Council; "(2) advise and assist the lead entity in the performance of responsibilities described in section 706(a), particularly the promotion of interagency agreements and the promotion of meaningful participation by families in all aspects of the statewide system of family support for families of children with disabilities; "(3) advise and assist State agencies in the development of policies and procedures relating to the provision of family support for families of children with disabilities in the State; "(4) advise and assist the lead entity in the development of all aspects of a strategic plan under section 709, including— "(A) the mission, purpose, and principles of the statewide system of family support for families of children with disabilities; "(B) the statement of family-centered outcomes; "(C) the goals, objectives, and activities; "(D) the quality improvement or quality enhancement system; "(E) the appeals process; "(F) the eligibility criteria to be used for all programs, projects, and activities carried out under this part; "(G) the analysis of the extent to which family support for families of children with disabilities is defined as a benefit and not as income; and "(H) the approach to the evaluation of the statewide system of family support for families of children with disabilities; "(5) advise and assist the lead entity in the implementation of systems change activities; "(6) advise and assist the lead entity in assessing family satisfaction with the statewide system of family support for families of children with disabilities; "(7) review, analyze, and comment on the strategic plan and updates to the plan, progress reports, and annual budgets; "(8) advise and assist the lead entity in the identification of Federal and State barriers that impede the development of a statewide system of family support for families of children with disabilities; and Reports. "(9) prepare and submit to the Chief Executive Officer of the State, the State legislature, and to the Secretary an annual report on the status of family support services for families of children with disabilities, and make such report available to the public. "(f) HEARINGS AND FORUMS. — The new Council is authorized to hold such hearings and forums as the new Council may determine to be necessary to carry out the duties of the new Council.