Eligible EI services extended temporary

The Department of Public Health (DPH) last week issued a temporary policy change on Early Intervention (EI) services.

DPH will allow for services delivered to children who turned or will turn 3 years old between March 15 and Aug. 31, 2020, and meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

o Have been referred to their child’s school district – or Local Education Agency (LEA) – to be evaluated for federal IDEA Part B (Special Education) services but have not yet been evaluated to determine eligibility for Part B services due to delays related to the COVID-19 public health emergency; or,
o Have a signed Individualized Education Program (IEP) and continued EI services are necessary to support the transition to Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE).

EI Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) services for children that meet the criteria above may continue until the LEA is able to complete a comprehensive eligibility evaluation and the LEA determines that the child has successfully transition to ECSE or until Oct. 15, 2020, whichever is sooner. EI providers must ensure there is no duplication of services provided by LEAs during the transition period.

Early Intervention Programs may contact families of children discharged from EI services prior to issuance of this temporary policy to offer continuation of EI services.