Children under two years of age qualify for services under the New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP). The Early Intervention Program is a public program for infants and toddlers with special needs. Children with diagnosed conditions leading to developmental delays (such as Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.) are eligible for EIP. Children with no diagnosis who have delays in development may be eligible for EIP if their delays are serious enough.
If you have concerns about your child’s development, you may call the Cattaraugus County Early Intervention Program at (716) 373-8050 to refer your child. If your child is deemed eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, Cattaraugus County staff, and other team members will make a plan to help your child and your family.
Early intervention services in your plan authorized by the county are provided at no cost to you. The county will arrange for the services to be provided and will choose the provider based on the needs of your child and family. Your child’s health insurance may be used to cover some of the costs. All other costs for EIP services are paid for by our county and New York State.
Early Intervention services are provided where it’s best for the child, in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. EIP does not pay for day care or other fees charged by community settings.
The ReHabilitation Center is approved by New York State and has a contract with Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties to provide the following early intervention services: core evaluations, as well as evaluations for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech.
If your child received services through the Early Intervention Program, your service coordinator through the county will assist you with the transition to the 3–5 services, however; if delays are just noticed at the age of 3, you may go to your home school district and speak with the chairperson of the Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE). This individual will ask you to sign a consent to evaluate form and share a list of providers who are able to conduct an evaluation—Children’s Learning Center, a division of The ReHabilitation Center, is on that list. You may choose who you would like to evaluate your child. Following the evaluation, a CPSE meeting will be scheduled and at that meeting a decision will be made as to the type(s) of services from which your child would benefit.
If you have questions or would like to receive additional information, please contact The ReHabilitation Center at (716) 375-4740 ext. 110.