Early Intervention Program
The Early Intervention Program is a statewide program created under the direction of the State Health Department to provide early identification and services to children birth to age three years who are suspected of having developmental delays or a diagnosed disability.
The initial Service Coordinator is assigned and will contact the family as soon as possible. The initial Service Coordinator assures that an appropriate screening and/or multidisciplinary evaluation takes place.
After the evaluation, the Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) process begins including a meeting with the Service Coordinator, the Early Intervention Official or Designee, a person from the evaluation team and the family to discuss family strengths and concerns. A plan involving both the child and the family is developed and an on-going Service Coordinator is chosen by the family to assure implementation of the IFSP.
The County contracts with certified and/or licensed Special Education Teachers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, etc. to provide Early Intervention services in a child’s home, day care center, or Early Intervention center-based facility. There are no center-based Early Intervention Programs within Steuben County.
Rates for Early Intervention evaluations and services are set by the State. Counties are reimbursed by Medicaid for Medicaid eligible children, by private insurance companies if applicable, and 49% of any balance by NYS.
On-going Service Coordinators are responsible for monitoring the delivery of Early Intervention services in accordance with the Individual Family Service Plan. As the child ages out of the Early Intervention Program, the Service Coordinator is responsible for facilitating the child's transition to preschool Special Education services and/or other programs and services needed by the child and family.
Respite is available to Early Intervention children. The amount of money available for a family varies depending on the needs of each Early Intervention eligible family. Parents submit documentation and vouchers to our office for respite services. We are reimbursed 49% by New York State.
The Steuben County Early Intervention Coordinating Council meets peridically throughout the year. The purpose of the Committee is to assure implementation and delivery of a countywide comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency, cost-effective program of Early Intervention services for eligible infants and toddlers and their families.