Early Intervention: Getting Started

If you have a concern about a child’s development, the Early Intervention Program can help by providing a free evaluation to find out if your child is eligible for our services.

Our program may be right for your family, or a family you know, if a child:

  • Is not learning, playing, growing, walking or talking like other children their age.
  • Has a diagnosed condition that is likely to result in a delay in development.

Referrals

Children can be referred to the Early Intervention Program by anyone, including their family, doctors and other caretakers.

To make a referral, you can:

  • Call 311 and say that you want to refer a child to the Early Intervention Program.
  • Complete the Early Intervention Program Referral Form (PDF) and fax it to one of our offices (see form for fax numbers).

Once your child has been referred to the program, we will assign your family a service coordinator. The coordinator will explain the details of the program and help you choose an agency to evaluate your child. If that evaluation shows your child is eligible for our program, we will begin developing a specific plan for your family.

If Your Child Is Not Eligible

Not all children with developmental delays are eligible for the Early Intervention Program. Some may be found ineligible after an evaluation, while others will be too old for the program once they turn 3.

If your child is younger than 3 but not eligible for this program, you can instead enroll them in the free Early Intervention Developmental Monitoring Program. This monitoring program will help you compare your child’s development to other children their age. It is available for any other families who think their child is at risk of having a developmental delay.

Payment

Families will not have to make any direct payments for Early Intervention services. We ask Medicaid or health insurance to help pay for our services. This will not affect your family’s Medicaid or insurance benefits.

When a family’s insurance is billed, the family may receive an Explanation of Benefits letter from the insurance company. This is not a bill.

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