The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for infants and toddlers with special needs. Children with diagnosed conditions that lead to developmental delays (such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.) are eligible for the EIP.
Children with no diagnosis who have delays in development may be eligible for the EIP if their delays are serious enough. If you have concerns about your child’s development, you can call the Early Intervention Program in your area to refer your child (if you live in New York City call 311, in Nassau County call 516.227.8661, and in Suffolk County call 631.853.3100).
Someone else can help you make the referral to the Early Intervention Program if you wish. If your child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, your county’s staff representative, and other team members will plan to help your child and assist your family. Early Intervention services in your
Individual Family Support Plan (IFSP) authorized by your county are provided at no cost to you. Your county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. Your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by your county and New York State.
Early intervention services are provided where it is best for your child, in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for the daycare or other fees charged by community settings.
What is the Early Intervention Program (EIP)?
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program funded by New York state and county government for infants and toddlers under three who have or are suspected of a developmental delay and/or disability such as autism.
How much do EIP services cost?
All EIP services are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to parents, but health insurance may be accessed for
reimbursement for early intervention services provided to eligible children and their families. When early intervention services are delivered in other childcare settings or community locations that require a fee, the parent is responsible for paying any associated costs with such access to childcare or community locations.
Who is eligible for EIP services?
Eligibility can be determined only by State-approved evaluators under contract with The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Early Intervention. If a child is found to be eligible for EIP services, all needed early intervention services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Early Intervention.
How will services be delivered?
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Early Intervention will arrange for service
providers such as Lifetime Changes Behavior Services (LCBS) to deliver such services authorized by The New York
City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Early Intervention, considering the individual needs of the child and family.