EARLY INTERVENTION SECTION (0-3)
The Early Intervention Section (EIS) is a federal and state-mandated program that provides services to support the development of infant and toddlers from birth to three years of age. Information and support are also provided to parents to increase their knowledge about and ability to support their child’s development. The Department of Health (DOH) is the lead agency for the implementation of Part C, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for the State of Hawaii. Within the DOH, EIS is responsible to ensure that Hawaii meets all the requirements and regulations of Part C of IDEA. For information about Part C, IDEA, please go to https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/reg/idea/part-c/index.html.
Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapter 11-140, Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers has been adopted and is effective October 21, 2013. A letter to EI Stakeholders regarding the changes for Early Intervention and the revised eligibility criteria is here.
EARLY INTERVENTION SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19
In response to the current COVID-19 situation, early intervention (EI) services are being provided through alternative methods (i.e., phone or telepractice). Currently, all EI providers are offering services via phone and telepractice. Telepractice is using technology (e.g. computers, iPads, etc.) when the family and service provider(s) are not in the same location. A secure service (e.g., Zoom) will be used to ensure confidentiality. Facetime is not an approved telepractice service because it does not meet confidentiality requirements. The EI Referral Line continues to accept and process referrals.