Program Overview

New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers (birth to age three) who have, or are at risk of having a developmental disability. Early Intervention involves a close collaborative effort between parents, service coordinators, evaluators, and the New York City Early Intervention Program to develop Individualized Family Service Plans outlining the goals and objectives established for your child to be achieved with the family’s involvement thru the use of the Embedded Coaching Model. Early Intervention Program offers a full array of evaluations and services designed to maximize the full potential of each child. Parents and family members are encouraged to participate in partnership with the interventionist team to enhance their child’s development.

 

About Early Intervention Services

CHDFS, Inc. is approved by New York State, has a contract with New York City and is approved to provide Early Intervention Service Coordination Services. By currently providing service coordination services, CHDFS, Inc. can focus on the opportunities that exist within the family structure to enhance the child’s development. Our success is contingent upon early identification and the provision of services to children with special needs at the earliest possible age. CHDFS, Inc. is committed to early identification followed by quality care. Most services are provided in the child’s home or daycare setting. These are coordinated, outcome-based, community based services. CHDFS, Inc. is committed to the systematic equity of access, quality, consistency and accountability of these services for our families.

Families will be assisted to the access of services offered under NYEIP based on eligibility such as:

  • Speech/Language Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Vision Therapy
  • Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Feeding Therapy
  • Special Instruction
  • Counseling / Social Work
  • Family Training
  • Play Therapy

Early Intervention Program History

The early intervention program was first created by Congress in 1986 under the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) and is currently administered by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention. In New York State, the Early Intervention Program was established in Article 25 of the Public Health Law and has been in effect since July 1, 1993. Services are provided at no cost to the family of eligible children. The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York State and county governments for children under the age of three who are either suspected of having or at risk for developmental delays or disabilities. Potentially eligible children must be referred to the county program to receive EIP services:

  • New York City – 311
  • Westchester County – 914-813-5094

The programs priorities are based on taking a family-centered approach to the process and services. It locates and identifies children at risk of developing developmental delays and uses the family’s natural environment and daily routines to achieve the optimal results.  All EIP services are provided at no cost to parents. Health Insurance may be used for approved services. A child’s eligibility for the program can be determined only by state-approved evaluators under contract and all services must be authorized by the county. If a child is found eligible for the EIP, all needed early intervention services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the municipality. The municipality will arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family, to deliver services authorized by the municipality. When early intervention services are delivered in child care settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any associated costs with such access to child care or community locations. Our Early Intervention program is funded and regulated by the New York State Department of Health.

Determining Eligibility

In New York City, if your child is found eligible for services, you will meet with the initial service coordinator and the evaluation site representative to develop a plan to help your child and your family. Children with certain diagnosed conditions at risk of developing serious delays, such a cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, are automatically eligible for early intervention services. Other children who have significant delays in development may be eligible for the Early Intervention Program.

The initial service coordinator will help you select an evaluation site to determine whether your child is eligible for early intervention services such as physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy among other services. Your child's eligibility for the Early Intervention Program will be determined by a state-approved evaluator under contract with the municipality.

The municipality will arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family, to deliver services authorized by the municipality. Please note that your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for early intervention services are paid for by City, State, and Federal government agencies. You will not incur any out of pocket costs. However, if your child attends a day care or nursery school you will be responsible for those costs.

 

“CHDFS, Inc. Early Intervention Program is funded and regulated by the NYS Department of Health and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene”