Eligibility

If a child is found to present with a certain diagnosed condition or a great enough developmental delay (that meets eligibility criteria for The New York State Early Intervention Program) then the child will be determined eligible for Early Intervention Services. The parent/guardian, together with the initial service coordinator, county Early Intervention Official Designee or EIOD, and evaluation representative, will meet to make a written Individualized Family Service Plan or IFSP to address the needs of the child and family.

At the initial IFSP meeting, a child's strengths, needs, family priorities, and concerns are discussed and written into the plan. The IFSP will also indicate the approved services. The IFSP team will help determine how these services will fit most naturally into the child's family routines, lifestyle, and activity preferences. The team will look at ways in which the child's development can be encouraged in everyday activities and places where the child is already present. These places or settings are called the child's natural environment. In addition, at the IFSP meeting, parents will select an ongoing service coordinator who will ensure that all services stated in the IFSP begin as quickly as possible and are reviewed on a regular basis.

The Early Intervention Official Designee will arrange for a New York State approved service provider, under contract, to deliver the approved services. The provider will be selected based upon the needs of the child and family.

All Early Intervention services that are authorized by the Early Intervention Program are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to parents and are covered by New York State and county governments.

If services are delivered in childcare settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying that fee (ex: private daycare tuition). In addition, the child's health insurance may be used by the county to cover the costs for approved services through the Early Intervention Program. Health insurance, however, is not required to participate in the Early Intervention Program.

The Early Intervention Program is available to children and families regardless of income status. All information provided by a parent or caregiver about the child and family is kept completely confidential.

EARLY INTERVENTION (BIRTH TO 3 YEARS)