INFANT AND TODDLER SERVICES:
This is not a cure for disabilities or risk situations. Rather, it is a system of coordinated services designed to promote the child's growth and development and support families during their child's critical early years. These services are available to eligible children ages birth through two years.
Eligibility is based on whether one of several factors are present:
- The child has significant developmental delay in one or more of these areas: cognitive development, physical and motoric development (as well as areas of vision and hearing), communication development, emotional-social development and adaptive development.
- The child has a condition which may result in significant developmental problems: chromosomal disorder, neurological disorders, inborn errors of metabolism, and visual and hearing impairment.
- The child has a high risk of having a substantial developmental disability due to a combination of risk factors such as: prematurity, asphyxia or the need for ventilator assistance, central nervous system infection or abnormality, biomedical insult (including but not limited to: inury, accident or illness which may seriously or permanently affect developmental outcomes) and parent with a developmental disability.
GENERAL FUND FAMILY EDUCATION AND SUPPORT SERVICES:
This is available to eligible children age birth through twenty-one years. Our primary function is to assist families in teaching their child. We provide developmental assessments and design learning activities with the families. We are able to provide toys and/or equipment to assist in learning as well as other information about available resources. We strive to enhance understanding and help the family cope with their child's special needs. These supports and activities are provided in a team approach.
INTENSIVE FAMILY EDUCATION AND SUPPORT SERVICES:
These supports are designed to prevent placement out of the family setting, and to create movement to a family setting from a more restrictive environment for a child with intensive needs. A limited number of these slots are available throughout the state and are determined through a prioritization process. By providing additional components that would otherwise not be available, a comprehensive package of supports are made available to enable natural and foster families to maintain the child in a home setting or to return the child to a home setting.
Intensive Family Education and Support Services include: case management, resources and direct services and the purchase of subcontracted services as needed. These services might involve activities/services accomplished by agency staff, family, contracted personnel and other agencies.