Early Intervention Services
What Are Early Intervention Services?
Early Intervention Services are used to identifiy developmental delays in children birth - 3 years of age and to help parents access appropriate resources to ensure their child's development. Warren County Public Health's Early Intervention Program has trained staff who can help evaluate your child's development and determine if your child is eligible for services. Once a child meets the program's eligibility requirements Early Intervention staff works with your family to make a family-centered plan to support development.
What Early Intervention Services Are Available?
Early intervention services are designed to provide your child support to grow and develop. Services incude: evaluaion services(such as hearing and vision), home visits, speech, physical and other therapies; child development groups, family counseling; and sometimes, even help with transporation. Services are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
Who Do I Contact?
Please call Warren County Public Health at 518-761-6580 and ask to be directed to one of our Early Intervention Staff.
What is Child Find?
A New York State Department of Health program that identifies infants / children (ages 0-3 years old ) that may need assistance with growth and development. It helps ensure your babies development stays on track in collaboration between
- You and your baby
- Child Find trained Staff from Warren County Public Health
- Your baby's health care provider
- New York State DOHC
Child Find staff use developmental screening tests to see if your child has delays in:
- Physical development
- Learning development
- Social development
A parent whose child meets certain developmental delay criteria (as set forth by screening tools) will be offered information and referral services to organizations in the community that specialize in addressing a child's needs.
What does the child find program cost?
There are no out-of-pocket costs for families. This program is funded by the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all states have to have a comprehensive Child Find System to assure all children who are in need of early intervention or developmental services are located, identified and referred.
Who Should I Contact?
Contact Warren County Public Health at 518-761-6580 to request a developmental screening from Emily LaLone our Child Find Coordinator.
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Children and youth with special health care needs are those children 0-21 years of age who have or are expected to have a serious or chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children generally. This definition is broader than the definition currently used by the Physically Handicapped Children's' Program (PHCP).
The children and youth with special healthcare needs program (CYSHCN) is a state wide public health program that provides information and referral services for health and related areas for families of CYSHCN. Warren County's CYSHCN program provides case management services as needed. The CYSHCN assists families in paying medical bills for children with severe chronic illnesses and/or disabilities, between birth and 21 years of age, who live in New York State and meet medical and financial eligibility requirements
- First and foremost, our goal is to improve the system of care for children and youth with special health care needs and their families
- We strive to identify "gaps" between essential health care services that are needed for the child / youth but not being covered by insurance.
- We also try to bring forth resources to families within our community they may not have known available.
For more information regarding CYSHCN please contact Warren County Public Health, Emily LaLone at (518) 761-6580 or visit the NYS Department's website at https://www.health.ny.gov/community/special_needs/