Early Intervention Program

The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. First created by Congress in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the EIP is administered by the New York State Department of Health through the Bureau of Early Intervention. In New York State, the Early Intervention Program is established in Article 25 of the Public Health Law and has been in effect since July 1, 1993.

To be eligible for services, children must be under 3 years of age and have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay, as defined by the State, in one or more of the following areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive.

Early Intervention Services

The Early Intervention Program offers a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, including:

  • family education and counseling, home visits, and parent support groups
  • special instruction
  • speech pathology and audiology
  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy
  • psychological services
  • service coordination
  • nursing services
  • nutrition services
  • social work services
  • vision services
  • assistive technology devices and services

How to Apply for Early Intervention

A municipal Early Intervention Official (EIO) designated by the chief elected official of the municipality/county administers the Early Intervention Program locally. Contact your EIO for information about your local program or to refer a child. For information about the statewide program, contact the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention at (518) 473-7016 or e-mail bei@health.ny.gov.

Learn More About the Early Intervention Program

How to Become an Approved Early Intervention Service Provider

For more information about becoming an approved New York State Early Intervention Service Provider, go to Information for Service Providers.

The purpose of the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) electronic mailing list is to notify EHDI stakeholders of new developments within the program. Stakeholders include hospital or birthing center staff, pediatricians, audiologists, neonatologists, providers of early intervention services, municipal EIP staff, parents of children with hearing loss and other interested parties. The notices will inform stakeholders about new, updated, or revised information, including program guidance documents, laws and regulations, publications, training announcements, and meeting notices.