No. Related services must begin “as soon as possible.” [34 C.F.R. Sec. 300.323(c)(2); Cal. Ed. Code Sec. 56344(b).] If OT/PT services are specified in your child’s IEP and CCS refuses to provide the services, federal law requires that the district provide the services. [20 U.S.C. Secs. 1412(a)(12)(A) & (B).] Disagreement between CCS and the district regarding responsibility for initiating services can be resolved through interagency dispute procedures. [Cal.
Gov. Code Sec. 7585.] In addition, CCS may not delay services based on the acuteness (severity or intensity) of the student’s disability. A student whose IEP specifies that she is to receive OT/PT services is entitled to receive those services without delay. [34 C.F.R. Sec. 300.323.]