Evaluation Process

The Early Intervention Program or EIP offers a multidisciplinary evaluation at no out-of-pocket cost to families who have concerns about any area of their child's development. The EIP will provide parents with a list of State approved evaluators under contract with the local city or county government. Parents will be asked to select an evaluation agency whose clinical team will provide an assessment of their child's development and determine eligibility for the EIP. Only state approved evaluation agencies under contract with the local city or county can determine eligibility.

Evaluations will be conducted by two or more qualified evaluators who will use "play-based" assessment methods to test and observe a child's areas of strength and areas of need. The assessment will address parents' particular concerns about their child's development. Each child is assessed in all of the following developmental areas:

Based upon the assessment outcome, additional evaluations may be recommended. During the evaluation process, a parent's input and report is critical to having an accurate and typical picture of the child.

In addition, a Health Assessment Report Form, completed by the child's pediatrician, is required. Once the Health Assessment Report Form is received by the evaluation site and the assessments are completed, the evaluation team will determine the status of eligibility and provide a full summary and evaluation report to the family, initial service coordinator, and the Early Intervention Program.