Early Intervention (EI) is a state-funded program offering services to children birth to age three with a qualifying level of delay or qualifying diagnosis.
- EI serves as a secondary insurance: Providers bill your insurance first and then Early Intervention for portions not covered by your plan.
- A monthly family fee typically applies
- Services are often required (by the program) to be provided in the family’s home and children with this funding source are rarely approved for services in-clinic at BDI.
Many families receive services BOTH through the Early Intervention AND separately through their insurance so that they may receive services in clinic, allowing the best of both worlds in their child’s intervention.
Waiting periods in Early Intervention are common. We recommend scheduling a free screening or consultation at BDI Playhouse prior to starting the Early Intervention evaluation process, as we can typically schedule within one week. We can also offer services temporarily while you wait for Early Intervention to complete the initial evaluations, schedule a meeting to generate the service document called an IFSP, and assign treating therapists.
More detailed information regarding this program can be found here.
Please review the Early Intervention website, but do not hesitate to ask us to walk you through how the Early Intervention Program works and how accessing this resource might benefit your family.