EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICE COORDINATION PROGRAM-THE FAMILY CONNECTION
Overview of the Early Intervention Program (Birth to age 3) Every child deserves the best possible start. We aim to achieve this by supporting families as they nurture their child’s development. That means timely identification of developmental delays and disabilities and early intervention when it is needed. The Family Connection Program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development is approved by New York State and has a contract with Westchester County to provide Early Intervention service coordination services. Service coordination is provided by professionals who also are either parents of children with disabilities or siblings. Families receive assistance from service coordinators in obtaining, coordinating and monitoring services received as well as accessing community resources. The EIP (Early Intervention Program) is funded by New York State and Westchester County government. All EIP services are provided at no cost to parents. Your health insurance may be used to cover some of those costs. Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for the 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 day care or other fees charged by community settings.
THE FAMILY CONNECTION SERVICE COORDINATION PROGRAM
This program offers two types of comprehensive services which assist families throughout their early intervention experience. Our services are provided in the following languages: English and Spanish.
- Initial service coordinators guide the family through the process of determining eligibility of services from the initial evaluations to the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP).
- Ongoing service coordinators maintain a continuing relationship with the family to monitor the delivery of services stated within the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), make adjustments to the plan as needed and assist the family to prepare for transition of the child into the school district’s Committee of Preschool Special Education (CPSE), if appropriate.