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The Cost of Early Intervention

The Cost Of Early Intervention

 

 

The Illinois Department of Human Services can help to get you in contact with a Child and Family Connections (CFC) office to begin the Early Intervention process for your child.  What some families may not be aware of is there is a cost associated with ongoing Early Intervention services.

The initial evaluation and parent meeting, referred to as an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), are freeThe Cost of Early Intervention services to help determine if your child is eligible to receive Early Intervention services.  If eligibility is met and the family wishes to move forward with treatment sessions, a monthly payment called a Family Participation fee ranging from $0-$200 may be billed to the family.  The monthly payment will depend on household income and the size of your family.  The service coordinator at your CFC office can help to determine what your monthly expense may be.

To determine which CFC you should contact for your area, visit the DHS website.

If a family has a private insurance policy, such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Health Care, or any others, you may be able to bill your treatment sessions to your private insurance.  Then you may be able to forward your out of pocket expense to the Early Intervention program so that your out of pocket cost is less than just using your private insurance.

Please note that the situations mentioned may not be typical for all families, and consulting with a service coordinator at you local CFC office is the best option to determine your costs for Early Intervention services.

NSPT offers services in BucktownEvanstonHighland ParkLincolnwoodGlenview, Lake Bluff and Des Plaines. If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us a call at (877) 486-4140 and speak to one of our Family Child Advocates today!

Early Intervention

Early Intervention: How to Get Started

Many families may be familiar with the services provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), one being Early Intervention (EI).  This service is available to children in Illinois, ages 0-3 years old who may have a disability and/or delay.  Special qualifying criteria must be met in order to receive services from an EI credentialed provider.  Services provided can include occupational therapy, physical therapy, nutrition, social work/counseling services, speech therapy, and many more.

There are two most common methods of starting the investigation process to determine if your child is eligible for EI services:

  1. Use the DHS Office Locator link to locate and EI office within your area.  Contact the Child andEarly Intervention: How To Get Started Family Connections office that results in the search, and speak with a service coordinator to complete an intake about your child and why you are seeking an evaluation. Families may also call the DHS office locator at 800-323-4769 to inquire about an EI evaluation for their child.
  2. Talk to your child’s pediatrician.  They are the best person to speak to about child development and milestones.  They are very familiar with EI services, and can recommend which Child and Family Connections office to call to request an evaluation.  The pediatrician may even recommend a provider to specifically request when you call about an evaluation.

In order to begin an EI evaluation, an intake with your local Child and Family Connections office must take place so that they may then help find an EI credentialed provider to complete your child’s evaluation.

NSPT offers services in BucktownEvanstonHighland ParkLincolnwoodGlenview, Lake Bluff and Des Plaines. If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us a call at (877) 486-4140 and speak to one of our Family Child Advocates today!