Attachment 3: Requirements For Professional & Associate Level Early Intervention Credentialing and Enrollment to Bill (pdf)


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QUALIFIED STAFF

Assistive Technology

Durable medical equipment and supplies; providers may enroll to bill. No credential required.

Audiology, Aural Rehabilitation/Other Related Services

  • Audiologists with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Audiologist credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.* (Provider is automatically enrolled under assistive technology and aural rehabilitation categories.)
  • Unlicensed individuals with a master's degree in audiology who are participating in a supervised professional experience may apply for an EI Associate: Audiologist in supervised professional experience credential. Associate services are billed under the enrolled supervisor's name. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full associate credential status.*
  • Speech/Language Pathologists with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist credential and enroll to bill for aural rehabilitation services. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.* (Provider is automatically enrolled under aural rehabilitation and speech therapy categories.)
  • Unlicensed individuals with a master's degree in speech-language pathology who are participating in a supervised professional experience may apply for an EI Associate: Speech/Language Pathologist in supervised professional experience credential. Associate services are billed under the enrolled supervisor's name. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full associate credential status.
  • Unlicensed individuals employed by school districts as School Speech/Language Therapists who will only be providing services through their school employment may apply for an EI Specialist: School Speech/Language Therapist credential and enroll to bill for aural rehabilitation services. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • (Provider is automatically enrolled under aural rehabilitation and speech therapy categories.)
  • Individuals with a current Special Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing teaching certificate may apply for an EI Specialist: Developmental Therapist/Hearing credential and enroll to bill for aural rehabilitation services. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.* May also provide Developmental Therapy Services. (Provider is automatically enrolled under aural rehabilitation category.)

Clinical Assessment, Counseling, and Other Therapeutic Services

  • Clinical Psychologists with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Clinical Psychologist credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • Clinical Professional Counselors with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • Marriage and Family Therapists with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • Clinical Social Workers with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Clinical Social Worker credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • Unlicensed individuals employed by school districts as School Psychologists who will only be providing services through their school employment may apply for an EI Specialist: School Psychologist credential. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • Graduate students in psychology who submit a letter from the graduate school verifying that they are providing psychological services in a supervised internship setting in order to complete a comprehensive, culminating training experience prior to granting of a graduate degree in psychology may apply for an EI Associate: Psychology Intern credential. Associate services are billed under the enrolled supervisor's name. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued temporary credential for full associate credential status.*

Developmental Therapy

  • Individuals with an EI Specialist Developmental Therapist credential on January 1, 2004 or who are applying for an EI Specialist Developmental Therapist credential prior to January 1, 2004 must have (1) a minimum of Teacher Endorsement in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Special Education or bachelors degree in ECE, Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education, or human service field with one year of experience working hands on with children birth to 3 with developmental disabilities (Persons with a degree in a human service field must submit proof of training on the use of a formal assessment tool that would allow the provider to perform global evaluations/assessments.); or (2) a current license in art, music, recreation, or other type of therapy, rehabilitative or habilitative in nature, in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for credential renewal or, prior to January 1, 2004, may apply for an EI Specialist Developmental Therapist credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.
  • Individuals who do not hold an EI Specialist Developmental Therapist credential on January 1, 2004 must have a bachelors degree or higher and, when applicable, a teaching certificate in Early Childhood Education (Type 04), Early Childhood Special Education (Type 04), Special Education (LBS-1 or LBS-2), Special Education: Deaf/Hard of Hearing or Blind/Partially Sighted (3-21), Child Development Elementary Education, Developmental Psychology, or Social Work and when applicable a teaching certificate; or with a bachelors degree or higher and a full specialist credential in the Early Intervention program; or a current license in art, music, recreation, or other type of therapy, rehabilitative or habilitative in nature, in the state where they provide services to Illinois children; and can document the completion of educational experiences as approved by the Department that include at least 2 semester college hours or the equivalent (30 clock hours or CEU credit hours) in each of the following EI core knowledge content areas: the Development of Young Children; Typical and Atypical; Working with Families of Young Children with Disabilities; Intervention Strategies for Young Children with Special Needs; and Assessment of Young
  • Children with Special Needs; and can submit proof of training on the use of a formal assessment tool that would allow the provider to perform global valuations/assessments may apply for an EI Specialist: Developmental Therapist credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • An emergency waiver of educational requirements for developmental therapists may be applied for and must be accompanied by the recommendation of a regional intake entity manager documenting the need for developmental therapy services in the service area. A bachelors degree or higher is required. If approved, the resulting temporary credential will be reviewed at 6-month intervals for a maximum of 18 months. A training plan toward qualification for full credential status must be submitted with the emergency waiver application. Additional training is required within 6 months for continued enrollment.*
  • Individuals with a current Special Education for Deaf and Hard of Hearing teaching certificate may apply for an EI Specialist: Developmental Therapist/Hearing credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.* They may also provide aural rehabilitation services based on their qualifications and experience. (Provider is automatically enrolled under aural rehabilitation category.)
  • Individuals with (1) a bachelors degree or higher in Orientation and Mobility or (2) a current Special Education for Blind and Partially Seeing teaching certificate may apply for an EI Specialist: Developmental Therapist/Vision credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.* They may provide Developmental and/or Vision Therapy services related to visual functioning based on their qualifications and experience. (Provider is automatically enrolled under the vision category.)
  • Individuals with an associates degree in early childhood education or child development who have an EI Associate: Developmental Therapy Assistant temporary credential on July 1, 2003 may apply for full associate credential status if additional training requirements are met.* No other new temporary or full associate credentials for Developmental Therapy Assistants will be issued. Individuals who have an associate credential will be allowed to submit an application to have their credential renewed no more than two times after July 1, 2003. Associate services are billed under the enrolled supervisor's name.

Evaluation/Assessment

  • Individuals with a current Early Intervention Specialist credential and who also meet all the following requirements may apply for an Evaluation/Assessment credential:
    • Documentation of a minimum of three years (full time equivalent) pediatric experience within the Early Intervention Specialist credentialed discipline is required with no les than 20% of that experience related to infants and toddlers between birth and three years of age or the equivalent, with a minimum of one year (full time equivalent) pediatric experience within the Early Intervention Specialist credentialed discipline with no less than 60% of that experience related to infants and toddlers;
    • Documentation of a minimum of six months pediatric post degree supervision;
    • Demonstration of competency in using and interpreting a variety of approved assessment tools related to his/her discipline by participating in evaluator specific training;
    • Demonstration of past work as a member of a service team and agreement to work with the service coordinator, other evaluators, and the family as an effective team member;
    • Agreement to participate in IFSP meetings as specified in this Part; Agreement to perform evaluation/assessments and present recommendations thereon, that are consistent with DHS therapy guidelines and early intervention philosophy, and to provide adequate justification for recommendations;
    • Agreement to participate in routine quality assurance and/or early intervention monitoring activities conducted by the Department or its Designee, or the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs;
    • Agreement to comply with all applicable federal and/or State laws, rules, regulations, policies, provider agreement and procedure and guidelines.
    • Documentation of attendance at Evaluation/Assessment training as required and provided by the Department.
    • The expiration date of an Evaluation/Assessment credential will coincide with the Early Intervention Specialist discipline specific credential. Renewal of the Evaluation/Assessment credential is contingent on the successful renewal of the Early Intervention Specialist discipline specific credential.

Family Training and Support

  • Individuals with a high school diploma or equivalent who are the parent or guardian of a child with special needs and are employed by an entity such as an agency or hospital that provides early intervention services as a Parent Liaison may apply for an EI Parent Liaison credential and enroll to bill. Completion of Parent Liaison Training is required within 90 days after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.
  • Individuals who are bilingual or an interpreter for the deaf may enroll to bill as an interpreter. Upon application for enrollment, the bilingual applicant must identify the languages for which he/she is applying to interpret and his/her proficiency in reading, writing or speaking the languages and submit 2 letters of professional reference from non-family members attesting to the applicant's competency in the specified language areas. Interpreters for the deaf must meet the requirements set forth in 225 ILCS 442. Additional training is required within 6 months for continued enrollment.* Interpreters are not required to obtain a credential. Deaf adults who have been certified by Hearing and Vision Connections as a language mentor for the deaf may enroll to bill. Language mentors are not required to obtain a credential.

Health Consultation

  • Physicians with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may enroll to bill. Physicians are not required to obtain a credential.

Medical Services (Diagnostic/Evaluation Purposes Only)

  • Physicians with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may enroll to bill. Physicians are not required to obtain a credential.
  • Individuals on the physician's service team should refer to the service area appropriate to their discipline for credentialing requirements.

Nursing

  • Registered Nurses with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Registered Nurse credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.* (Provider is automatically enrolled under nutrition category.)

Nutrition

  • Licensed Dietitians with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Dietitian credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • Licensed Nutrition Counselors with a current license in the state where they provide EI services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Nutrition Counselor credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • Persons who credential and enroll under the nursing requirements stated on page 49 are automatically enrolled to provide nutrition services.

Occupational Therapy

  • Occupational Therapists with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Occupational Therapist credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Associate: Licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant credential. Associate services are billed under the enrolled supervisor's name. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full associate credential status.*

Physical Therapy

  • Physical Therapists with a current license in the state where they provide EI service to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Physical Therapist credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full associate credential status.*
  • Physical Therapy Assistants with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Associate: Licensed Physical Therapy Assistant credential. Associate services are billed under the enrolled supervisor's name. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full associate credential status.*

Service Coordination

  • Individuals with an EI Service Coordination credential on January 1, 2003 and: (1) an EI Specialist credential of any type, (2) a bachelors degree or higher in human services, behavioral science, social science or health related field, (3) a current license as a Registered Nurse, (4) current employment as a service coordinator in a Family Case Management Agency, or (5) an associates degree in human services, education, behavioral science, social science, or health related field plus 2 years of experience working with children birth to 5 to provide intervention services or service coordination in a community agency serving children and families, may apply for renewal of their credential.
  • Individuals who do not hold an EI Coordination credential on January 1, 2003 and with a bachelors degree or higher in human services, behavioral science, social science or health related field or a current license as a Registered Nurse may apply for an EI Service Coordination Credential and enroll as an employee of a Child and Family Connections office.
  • Additional training is required within 90 days after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.

Social Services

  • Social Workers with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Social Worker credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • Professional Counselors with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Professional Counselor credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • Registered Nurses/Advanced Practice Nurses who are masters prepared Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialists with a current license in the state where they provide services may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Registered Nurse/Advanced Practice Nurse credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full associate credential status.* The Advanced Practice Nurse must provide a collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician who provides services to children birth to 3. The written collaborative agreement shall describe the working relationship of the Advanced Practice Nurse with the collaborating physician and shall authorize the categories of care, treatment, or procedures to be performed by the Advanced Practice Nurse, including early intervention services to be provided.
  • Unlicensed individuals employed by school districts as School Social Workers who will only be providing services through their school employment may apply for an EI Specialist: School Social Worker credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • Graduate students in social work who submit a letter from their graduate school verifying that they are providing social work services in a supervised internship setting in order to complete a comprehensive, culminating training experience prior to granting of a graduate degree in social work may apply for an EI Associate: Social Work Intern credential.
  • Associate services are billed under the enrolled supervisor's name. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full associate credential status.*

Speech Therapy

  • Speech/Language Pathologists with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Specialist: Licensed Speech/Language Pathologist credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.* (Provider is automatically enrolled under aural rehabilitation and speech therapy categories.)
  • Unlicensed individuals employed by school districts as School Speech/Language Therapists who will only be providing services through their school employment may apply for an EI Specialist: School Speech/Language Therapist credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.*
  • Unlicensed individuals with a masters in speech-language pathology who are participating in a supervised professional experience may apply for an EI Associate: Speech/Language Pathologist in supervised professional experience credential. Associate services are billed under the enrolled supervisor's name. Additional training is required within 6 months for full associate credential status.*
  • Speech/Language Pathology Assistants with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may apply for an EI Associate: Speech/Language Therapy Assistant credential. Associate services are billed under the enrolled supervisor's name. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full associate credential status.*

Transportation

  • Individuals with an appropriate vehicle registration number, insurance and current driver's license may enroll to bill. Not required to obtain a credential.

Vision

  • Optometrists or Opthalmologists with a current license in the state where they provide services to Illinois children may enroll to bill. Not required to obtain a credential.
  • Individuals with (1) a bachelors degree or higher in Orientation and Mobility or (2) a current Special Education for Blind and Partially Seeing teaching certificate may apply for an EI Specialist: Developmental Therapist/Vision credential and enroll to bill. Additional training is required within 6 months after being issued a temporary credential for full credential status and continued enrollment.* They may provide Developmental and/or Vision Therapy services related to visual functioning based on their qualification and experience.

**See Early Intervention Rule - Part 500, Section 500.60(f) for additional training requirements.