Early Intervention Program and Committee on Preschool Special Education
UHS Hospitals is approved by New York state as a provider of Early Intervention Program (EIP) and Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) services and under contract with the municipalities in our region to deliver evaluation and therapy services for children referred through these programs.
What is the Early Intervention Program/EIP?
The Early Intervention Program is a public initiative funded by New York state and county governments that provides different types of early intervention services to infants and toddlers with diagnosed conditions that lead to developmental delays (Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism and more) or to children with no diagnosis who have severe delays in development.
In New York, the Department of Health is the lead state agency responsible for the Early Intervention Program. All services provided under the EIP are delivered at no out-of-pocket cost to families; however, health insurance may be used to cover some costs. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only; it does not pay for daycare or other fees charged by community settings.
What is the Committee on Preschool Special Education Program/CPSE?
Every school district has a CPSE that decides a child’s special education needs and services. The CPSE is responsible for children ages 3-5 years. Members of the committee have a broad range of experience planning for or working with students with disabilities. However, as a parent you know your child better than anyone else and have valuable knowledge to bring to committee discussions. Together, you will work to ensure special education programs and services are provided to meet your child’s needs.
Who is eligible?
Children are referred to the EIP if they are younger than 3 years old AND have a disability OR developmental delay. Children are referred to the CPSE if they are between 3 and 5 years old AND have a disability OR developmental delay. A disability means the child has a diagnosed physical or mental condition that often leads to problems in development (such as Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, vision impairment, hearing impairment).
A developmental delay means a child is behind in at least one area of development, including:
- Physical development (growth, gross- and fine-motor abilities)
- Cognitive development (learning and thinking)
- Communication (understanding and using words)
- Social-emotional development (relating to others)
- Adaptive development (self-help skills, such as feeding)
Eligibility for the EIP can be determined only by state-approved evaluators under contract with the municipality. If a child is found eligible for the EIP, all needed early intervention services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the municipality. The municipality will then arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family.
What services are available at UHS?
UHS Hospitals is approved by New York state and has a contract with Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties to provide the following early intervention services
- Speech-language therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Audiological evaluations
- Core evaluations and supplemental evaluations through early intervention
- Evaluation and therapy for children with feeding and swallowing difficulties
- Parent-child group intervention
What do I do if I have concerns about my child?
If you have noticed your child is not developing skills such as walking, talking or playing like other young children, consult with your family doctor. Your physician may be able to reassure you that children develop at different rates and your child is within the normal developmental scales. However, if the doctor is concerned, or if you are still not comfortable with your child’s progress, you can request an evaluation of your child. Early help makes a difference!
If your child is between the ages of 0 and 2½ years old contact the Early Intervention Program in your county:
- Broome County: 607.778.2851
- Chenango County: 607.337.1731
- Delaware County: 607.746.3166
- Tioga County: 607.687.8600
For further information about the EIP go to the New York State Department of Health website.
If you have a preschool child between the ages of 2½ and 5 years old, contact your school district to make a referral to your school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education. For further information go to the New York State Department of Education website.
Please note: The speech-language pathology services available at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital and UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital differ from those provided by UHS Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in Johnson City and Binghamton; please contact those locations for details on the services they provide.