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
Early Intervention Section (EIS) has updated the EIS Guidelines for In-Person Visits. Early intervention services may be provided in-person, telepractice, or blended (i.e., combination of in-person and telepractice). Determining in-person, telepractice, or blended is based on a discussion with the family on how services will be provided to support the family with meeting the needs of their child. It also includes the discussion on how both the family and providers follow safe practices (i.e., mitigation strategies identified by the DOH DOCD). Families should contact their Care Coordinator for any questions regarding early intervention services for their child.