The family is the most important member of the team!
If your evaluator finds that services are necessary, then services will be recommended for your approval. If you are participating in the Early Intervention Program, then services need to be approved in an Individualize Family Service Planning Meeting (IFSP).
Initiation of Service
The service provider is given three business days (after assignment of case) to contact parents/guardian to schedule the first treatment session. ABC, LLC will ensure that the start date occurs within one week of assignment of the case. Providers will be required to justify and document the reasons in case of delays in initiation of service.
ABC, LLC will immediately contact the child’s service coordinator, in the following cases to avoid extended gaps in the delivery of mandated services:
Subsequent to the IFSP, services have not started within two weeks of the authorized start date.
Two weeks of service have been missed after the start of the services due to the resignation or extended illness of a therapist.
Location of Service Delivery
ABC, LLC will provide services in natural settings deemed appropriate and conducive to child’s participation, comfort and safety. Provision of services can occur at the following sites as mandated by the child’s IFSP: the child’s own home, relative’s/caregiver’s home, childcare settings or other community settings such as day cares, head start, libraries, play groups, or recreational centers.
The service provider is expected to set and follow a regular weekly schedule following the frequency and duration requirements mandated in the child’s individual family service plan.
Promoting Family Centeredness in Service Provision
Ability Builders for Children, LLC will take steps to ensure that treatment services are centered on the needs of the child and the child’s family. The child’s family will be considered as an integral and equal member of the Early Intervention team.
ABC, LLC service providers will encourage the active participation of families in the therapeutic process by embedding intervention strategies into family routines. In effect, the parents will be the ones who will provide the real early intervention by creatively adapting their child care methods to facilitate the development of their child, while balancing the needs of the rest of their family.
Service providers of ABC, LLC will also provide support and guidance to the child’s family and other caregivers by providing training and education on the use of treatment strategies and techniques which might be helpful in supporting the child’s development.
Early Intervention providers of ABC, LLC will consult with the child’s family and other service providers, including primary health care providers and representatives of appropriate community agencies to ensure the effective provision of services
Periodic reviews will also be conducted by the Quality Assurance Team to assess the family’s participation in evaluating the child’s existing services and addressing new concerns. The Quality Assurance Team will also evaluate the service provider’s efforts and ability to encourage the family’s participation in promoting the child’s development.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM:
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a public program for infants and toddlers with special needs. Children with diagnosed conditions that lead to developmental delays (such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, etc.) are eligible for the EIP. Children with no diagnosis who have delays in development may be eligible for the EIP if their delays are serious enough. If you have concerns about your child’s development, you can call the Early Intervention Program in your area to refer your child (if you live in New York City call 311, in Nassau County call 516.227.8661, and in Suffolk County call 631.853.3100). Someone else can help you make the referral to the Early Intervention Program if you wish. If your child is found to be eligible for services by someone approved to perform this evaluation, you, your county’s staff representative, and other team members will make a plan to help your child – and your family. Early Intervention services in your IFSP authorized by your county are provided at no cost to you. Your 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 your county and New York State. Early intervention services are provided where it’s best for your child – in places such as your home, day care, or other community settings. The EIP covers the cost of early intervention services only. The EIP does not pay for the day care or other fees charged by community settings.