Early Intervention is a comprehensive program designed to enhance the development of infants and toddlers with delays, minimize potential delay among children seriously at risk and assist families in meeting their children’s special needs. Early intervention services are most effective when they take place in the child’s natural environment and when there is active family involvement. The division ensures that families and children receive appropriate services and/or referrals. Approximately 80% of children receive services at home, with speech and language the most common service authorized. The state and the county share costs of the program.
Who is Eligible for Services Through This Program?
Some examples of children under the age of three years who are eligible for services:
Children who have a 33% delay in one area of development
Children who have a 25% delays in two developmental areas
Children who have a diagnosed condition which leads to a developmental delay
How Do I Refer My Child?
All referrals should be made to the Department of Health Services, Division of Services for Children with Special Needs by calling the dedicated referral line (631) 853-3100, by fax (631) 853-2310, or by the web site referral information form.
Where Can I Get My Child Evaluated?
An initial service coordinator will bring the family a complete list of approved evaluators.
Do I Pay For This Evaluation?
Evaluations are done at no cost to the parent.