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Early Intervention: How it Works

The Center for Hearing and Communication is pleased to be approved as a provider of early intervention program services. The early intervention program is a public program funded by New York State and county governments.

The early intervention program and early intervention services available through the early intervention program are for children less than three years of age who have or are suspected of having a developmental delay and/or disability. All children must be referred to the municipality to access early intervention program services. Contact the early intervention agency in your area:

New York City: call 311 and ask for early intervention
Westchester: 914-813-5094 (v)
New York State Growing Up Healthy Hotline: 800-522-5006 (v)

As an approved provider of early intervention program services, the Center for Hearing and Communication is under contact with New York City and Westchester County to deliver early intervention program services.

All services provided under the early intervention program are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to parents, but health insurance may be accessed for reimbursement for early intervention services provided to eligible children and their families. Eligibility for the early intervention program can be determined only by State-approved evaluators under contract with the municipality.

If a child is found eligible for the early intervention program, all needed early intervention services are identified in collaboration with the parent and must be authorized by the municipality. The municipality will arrange for service providers, considering the individual needs of the child and family, to deliver services authorized by the municipality.

Contact Dorene Watkins, school psychologist and coordinator of CHC’s family programs to learn more about the early intervention program. Dorene can be reached at (917) 305-7881 or click below.

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