Early Intervention Program


Early Intervention Program

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”



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Click on the button bellow and it will redirect you to the Early Intervention (EI) Referral form. Once you fill it out send it to Wendy Davis at, you can fax it at 212-695-4561 or you can contact the department at 212-695-4564 ext. 360/331.


Health Home Program

Health Home Program

Program Overview

CHDFS, Inc. is joining a statewide initiative adopting a new Medicaid service model called ''Health Home'' that allows all of a child’s caregivers to communicate with one another so that the child’s diverse needs are addressed in a comprehensive way. This is done primarily through Care Management Agencies, or “care manager”, like CHDFS who oversee and provide access to all of the services a child needs to stay healthy, out of the emergency room, and out of the hospital, and to achieve a bright, successful future in the long term.

Service and supports included in this model are: Foster Care & Adoption, Preventive Services, Case Management, Mental Health, Substance Use Treatment, HIV/AIDS Prevention & Treatment, Schools & Educational Programs, After School & Summer Enrichment Programs, and Job Development.

Below are some of the services that will be provided through or along side the Health Home model.

Care Management

CHDFS is a Care Management Agency who provides services and support through the Health Home Program. Our team called “care managers” ensures that you or your loved one has the services they need to support their care, such as:

  • appointments with healthcare providers (doctors, nurses, counselors, mental health providers, substance abuse providers, etc)

  • medications

  • a safe place to live

  • insurance to pay for care and services

  • transportation to your appointments

Our care managers work with you to set up a care plan so you receive the services that best match your needs that work towards goals to support your care, healing, and improvement towards your well-being.

Wellness Services

Our wellness services are designed to help children and youth develop positive social-emotional functioning (from early childhood to adulthood) to prevent the development of serious behavioral health and health conditions, restore appropriate developmental functioning and establish/maintain healthy relationships. To accomplish the vision and goals, the following services will be implemented:

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Community Psychiatric Supports & Treatment

  • Family Peer Support Services

  • Youth Peer Advocacy and Training

  • Psycho-social Rehabilitation Services

  • Other Licensed Practitioner Services

Our providers ensure that services are trauma informed, and take into consideration the child and families’ strengths, needs, and any history that may have affected their ability to cope or self-advocate.

Home & Community Based Services

CHDFS has a number of programs providing Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) specializing in different areas or needs. HCBS services are designed so that individuals receiving service work towards accomplishing milestones towards areas that pose a particular challenge relating to a diagnosis or life-skill they have yet to learn. Services covered by our HCBS programs include:

  • Respite Services

  • Skill Building

  • Family/Caregiver Support Services

  • Community Advocacy and Supports

  • Prevocational Services

  • Supported Employment

  • Crisis Management and Training

  • Intensive In-Home Services and Support

  • Habilitation Services, and more…


Click on the buttons bellow accordingly, a new tab will open in order for you to fill out the application form. Once you finish send the form to Steven Merino at You can also fax it at 212-695-4561. A team member will contact you soon.


OPWDD Program

OPWDD Program

OPWDD Medicaid Service Coordination

Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC), is a  Medicaid State plan service provided by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) that assists eligible persons with developmental disabilities in gaining access to necessary support and services appropriate to their needs. Our coordinators help each individual achieve their own goals through informed choices including choice of home, meaningful work/community activities, social and leisure activities, and access to services and supports that promote optimal health.

Our Medicaid Service Coordinators can help children and families access services they need in order to live a full and independent life. A Medicaid Service Coordinator will work to develop an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) that will help you maximize your capabilities and reach your goals. Medicaid Service Coordinators will also play an active role in helping provide access to community resources by communicating with service providers and advocating for quality services. Depending on a person’s interests and needs, a MSC can link you to: respite services,  recreation programs, residential placement, community or day habilitation programs, entitlements and family reimbursement, employment services, adaptive technologies, and environmental modifications.

In addition to MSC services, we also provide home and community based services through the OPWDD program. To learn more about services offered by this program reach out to one of our program staff at 212-695-4564 or leave a message below.

Home & Community Based Services

Along with Medicaid Service Coordination, our OPWDD Program also offers home and community based services. Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are specialized services targeting different areas or needs in an individuals life. These are designed so that individuals receiving services, work towards accomplishing milestones towards areas that pose a particular challenge relating to a diagnosis or life-skill they have yet to learn. We are currently offering two types of home and community based services in OPWDD: Respite Care and Community Habilitation.

Respite Care

Respite services provide temporary relief from the demands of care giving, which helps reduce overall family stress. This often enables families to better meet the needs of their loved one with a developmental disability. Our service providers assist caregivers in this capacity while also providing a period of time for the individuals receiving services to enjoy in-home or community activities that allow them to engage in events they may not have an opportunity to experience alone. 

We currently provide Respite Care in New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley.


Community Habilitation

CHDFS, Inc. currently provides Community Habilitation Services in Residential Facilities, Individual Residential Alternatives (IRA) and for all families with a family member eligible for OPWDD. Community Habilitation service providers work with an individual on developing or improving life skills that can be used to developed a well-rounded life experience. Our service providers work with the OPWDD MSC team to ensure that the service plan is tailored to fit the needs of the individual for the best possible outcome towards service goals. Some areas a service provider can assist in are:

  • Daily Living Skills
  • Self Care
  • Mobility
  • Socialization
  • Personal Assistance 
  • Vocational Skills
  • and more

We currently provide Community Habilitation and Community Habilitation Residential in the Lower Hudson Valley. In New York City we provide Community Habilitation.


Bridges to Health Program

Bridges to Health Program

As a Medicaid funded service, CHDFS has partnered with Healthcare Integration Agencies through a referral system to provide B2H services to qualifying candidates. Participants then work with their waiver providers who serve as a bridge between participants and stakeholders. These include: clinicians, adoptive parents, parent/caregivers, local social service departments, educators, representatives from New York State Agencies, and themselves.

By supporting children in the home or community setting, the B2H Waiver Program provides opportunities for improving the health and well-being of the children served. The goal of B2H is the supportive and planned permanency of the child with their caregiver. Within the B2H program, children are served in the least restrictive, home- community like setting possible. B2H services work to compliment the other services provided to a child and family – not to replace them. CHDFS is eligible to work with Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED), Developmentally Disabled (DD), and Medically Fragile (MedF) individuals. B2H Services Include:

• Planned Respite
• Skill Building
• Family/Caregiver Support Services
• Special Needs Community Advocacy & Support
• Prevocational Services
• Supported Employment
• Crisis Avoidance, Management and Training
• Immediate Crisis Response
• Intensive In-Home Services and Support
• Day Habilitation

Our Waiver Providers diligently work with participants to help fulfill their self-determined goals, and goes beyond to provide the best care possible. We believe in the potential of the individual, the bonds of family, and the strength of community. Our B2H Waiver Providers serve as guides, mentors, and role models – all so that the foundations of a child’s strength can be rebuilt to reach new heights. At CHDFS, we believe every child has skill, talent and potential. It is our commitment to help them achieve these goals in order to overcome any challenge they face.


To be eligible to participate in the B2H Waiver Program, a child must meet several criteria including: 

  1. be in the custody of a Local Departments of Social Services (LDSS) Commissioner or the custody of the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Commissioner in the Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY),
  2. be Medicaid eligible,
  3. have an appropriate and documented qualifying diagnosis of Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), Developmental Disability (DD), or Medical Fragility (MedF) (see below, Section 3, Qualifying Diagnoses),
  4. be eligible for admission to a medical institution and assessed to meet the Level of Care criteria for one of the waivers in the B2H Waiver Program
  5. be able to be cared for in the community if provided access to B2H Waiver services:
  • B2H SED: At enrollment a child must be in foster care and under 19 years of age. If other criteria are met, services may continue until age 21 regardless of foster care status.
  • B2H DD and MedF: At enrollment a child must be in foster care or DJJOY community services supervision and under 21 years of age. If other criteria are met, services may continue until age 21 regardless of foster care status,

Contact the B2H Department

For questions and to see if you qualify for the B2H Program contacts Jonathan Dennehy (Waiver Director) at (212) 695-4564 or send us a message.


OMH Waiver Program

OMH Waiver Program

 As our first program in 2002, CHDFS has partnered with various agencies through subcontracts to offer the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) Waiver. This federally funded program serves children with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) by working in their homes and communities to decrease the need for placement in psychiatric inpatient levels of care.

In order to address their complex health needs, the HCBS Waiver utilizes and individualized, strength-based approach to aid children in building resiliency, achieving age-related developmental tasks, and maintaining emotional well-being. Services under this program include:

  • Skill Building (SB)

  • Respite Services (RS)

  • Family Support Services (FSS)

  • Intensive In-Home Services (IIH)

Our Waiver Providers diligently work with participants to help fulfill their self-determined goals, and goes beyond to offer the best possible care. We believe in the potential of the individual, the bonds of family, and the strength of community. Our OMH Waiver Providers serve as guides, mentors, and role models – all so that the foundations of a child and family’s strength can be rebuilt to reach new heights. At CHDFS, we believe every child has skill, talent and potential. It is our commitment to help them achieve these goals in order to overcome any challenge they face.


  1. Meet Clinical Requirements, Including:

    • have a serious emotional disturbance (SED) ;

    • be between the ages of 5 and 18 on the effective date of enrollment; the child can be served in Waiver until s/he turns 21, however, s/he must be enrolled prior to his/her 18th birthday;

    • demonstrate complex health and mental health needs;

    • be capable of being cared for in the home and/or community if Waiver services are provided; and

  2. Child/Adolescent Can Be Enrolled in Medicaid

  3. Child/Adolescent Must Meet Fiscal Requirements

Contact the OMH Department

For questions and to see if you qualify for the OMH HCBS Waiver Program, please contact Jonathan Dennehy (Waiver Director) at (212) 695-4564.


Parent Advocate Program

Parent Advocate Program

In 2013, CHDFS was awarded a partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) new Parent Advocate Program. The goal of the program is to offer parents support and advocacy during Initial Child Safety Conferences. CHDFS ensures that Parent Advocate Services are provided in a way that maintains a child’s safety and preserves a family’s integrity.

Our parent advocates are dedicated to providing their service as a bridge between ACS and the family. All of our Parent Advocates bring a set of experiences that serve to raise the level of professional expertise already gained by intense and rigorous trainings – all to support a child or family in need. CHDFS Parent Advocates have proven their dedication towards those we serve and will continue our standard of excellence so children and families can advocate for their needs. Duties of a Parent Advocate include:

• Familiarizing parents with child welfare policies and procedures.
• Providing information about viable neighborhood-based resources.
• Empowering parents to fully understand the process in order to articulate concerns.
• Engaging with parents to listen to their concerns about issues that place their child at risk of foster placements.


Any Caregiver/Family taking part in an Initial Child Safety Conference (ICSC) can receive the support of a Parent Advocate. 

Contact OUR Parent AdvocateS

To learn more about the Parent Advocate Program, please contact Nancy Parker – Parent Advocate Director, Karen Lipkind – Parent Advocate Coordinator (Manhattan/Staten Island), or Oscar Rios – Parent Advocate Coordinator (Bronx) at (212) 695-4564. You can also send us a message!


Home Care Services

Home Care Services

CHDFS, Inc. is a New York State Licensed Home Care Service Agency. Our qualified staff are backed by experience, trainings, and continuous education. The key to our success is through achieving consumer satisfaction by monitoring feedbacks that realistically address and effectively resolve issues.

Through our Licensed Home Care Services, the Elderly, People living with Developmental Disabilities, and all other eligible individuals will be assessed to receive the following services in the convenience and privacy of their homes:

  • Nursing

  • Home Health Aid

  • Medical Social Services

  • Home Maker

  • House Keeper

  • Personal Care



Please contact our staff so we can assist you with determining which services you are eligible for.

Contact Our Home Health Care Dept.

For more information about our Licensed Home Care Service Program, please contact us at 212-695-4564 or send us a message.