As research has shown, the infant and toddler years are very important relative to a child’s growth and development. The Early Intervention/Child Find Program is a statewide program that provides many different types of early intervention services to identified infants and toddlers with a developmental delay or disability and their families.
The Niagara County Early Intervention/Child Find Program is part of the New York State Early Intervention Program, which is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The Early Intervention/Child Find program (EI/CF) is an extension of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – Part C. This program entitles infants and toddlers who have a developmental delay or disability to receive therapeutic services. To be eligible for services, children must be under three (3) years of age and have a confirmed disability (such as Down syndrome) or an established developmental delay in one or more areas of development. These areas include: adaptive, cognitive, communication, physical (to include vision, hearing, feeding, swallowing) and social-emotional development.
Therapeutic and support services available to eligible infants and toddlers and their families are:
Assistive technology devices and services;
Family training, counseling, home visits and parent support groups
Medical services only for diagnostic or evaluation purposes
Social work services
Transportation and related costs
New York Public Health Law requires provisions that govern the Early Intervention Program such as:
- Local administration of the program by the Early Intervention Official (EIO) who is responsible for ensuring eligible children and families receive the services included in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) that is developed for the child and family.
- Identification and referral of children at risk or suspected of disability by primary referral sources. Referrals are received from a number of sources and include (but are not limited to): parents, pediatricians, family practice providers, health department staff, childcare centers, and other community agencies.
- Periodic developmental screening and tracking of at-risk children.
- Provision of service coordination services to eligible children and their families.
- A multidisciplinary evaluation of children referred to the program, at no cost to families, to determine eligibility.
- The development of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) for eligible children and their families.
- Provision of early intervention services as specified in the IFSP at no cost to families.
- Delivery of services in natural settings in the community where peers are typically found to the maximum extent appropriate. Community settings can include:
1. The family’s home
2. A child care center or family day care home
3. Recreational centers
4. Play groups
7. Early childhood programs and centers
Early Intervention/Child Find services are at no cost to eligible infants and toddlers and their families. Niagara County Health Department is able to access private insurance and Medicaid for reimbursement as well as receive funding from the New York State Department of Health.
Niagara County Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council (LEICC) is an advisory committee to the Niagara County Early Intervention Program (EIP)
Click here for a list of what you can expect a child to be doing from birth to age three
For Referrals to Early Intervention (if you are a resident of Niagara County), please contact:
Niagara County Department of Health - Early Intervention Program
Trott Access Center 1001 11th Street
Niagara Falls, New York 14301
Referral Number: 716-278-1691 (or 716-278-8180 if unable to get through)
The New York State Department of Health has produced a helpful booklet for parents: The Early Intervention Program: A Parent's Guide, is also available here in Adobe Portable Document format. (PDF, 278KB, 43 pg.)
For information on how to become an approved New York State Early Intervention Service Provider click here, call 518-473-7016 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
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