The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is New York State's implementation of Part C of the Federal Individual with Disabilities Act. The EIP has been in effect since July 1, 1993, to serve infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, who have developmental delays. This is a strength-based, family-centered program designed to service children and their families in their natural environments, usually the home.
Eligibility is determined by a multidisciplinary evaluation. If your child qualifies after having a developmental evaluation, services based on a child's individual need, will be provided at no cost to the family. Reimbursement is sought from third-party insurances, but, by law, cannot affect a family's insurance lifetime cap or any deductions. References can be made by calling 716-753-4788.
Child Find is a component of the Early Intervention Program and its purpose is to identify children who are at risk for developmental delays or are suspected of having a developmental delay. Staff works with families to assure that children are enrolled with a primary care provider. The primary care providers screen children for their developmental progress and refer to the Early Intervention Program if indicated. Families are also referred to appropriate community resources such as accessing health insurance coverage. For more information, call 716-753-4788.
Preschool Special Education
The Preschool Special Education Program is a federal and state entitlement that makes available at no cost to parents, appropriate public education for children ages 3 to 5 with developmental delays. Eligibility is determined by multi-disciplinary evaluations, and services are based upon the child's needs as recommended by their school district's Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).
Preschool Special Education services strive to minimize adverse affects of a developmental delay on a child's ability to learn. To refer a child to the Preschool Special Education Program, call the child's school district and ask for the CPSE chairperson. If your child is already enrolled in the Early Intervention Program, the service coordinator will assist the family with the referral process. For more information, call 716-753-4786.
Children with Special Health Care Needs
Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) is a referral linkage system to provide information to families of children, birth to 21 years of age, who have, or are suspected of having, a serious or chronic physical condition and require health-related services beyond those that are generally required by children. The goal of this program is to assist families who have children with special health care needs to obtain necessary health and community services. For more information, call 716-753-4788.