Bureau of Early Intervention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description

Target

Children under three years of age who are experiencing developmental delays in one or more of the following areas: cognitive development; physical development; language and speech development; psycho-social development; and self-help skills.

Purpose

To support families in promoting their child's optimal development and to facilitate the child's participation in family and community activities.

Service

Early Intervention services include, but are not limited to: developmental evaluations and assessments, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, nutrition services, psychological services and social work services.

Delivery Method

Regional Child and Family Connection agencies arrange for evaluations and assessments for children under three. Evaluations and assessments are provided at no cost to families. Families with eligible children receive an Individualized Family Service Plan, which lists the services and supports that must be made available to the family. Early Intervention services are paid for with a combination of government and family resources. The cost of some services are paid by the program and provided to families at no cost. These include evaluation, assessment, development of a service plan, and service coordination. Ongoing Early Intervention services are paid for by the family's health insurance, when appropriate, government insurance (Medicaid/KidCare), and program funds. Families contribute to the cost of services by paying fees based on a sliding scale.

Program Data:

Early Intervention Program Data
Performance Indicators SFY03 SFY04 SFY05 SFY06
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's) $88,064.30 $104,505.70 $116,454.80 $119,652.80
Number of Grantees 24 24 25 25
Number Served 11500 15389 16647 17039

Program Effectiveness

  • Total caseload has increased approximately 50% since January 2003.
  • Illinois has moved from below average in its participation rate to 10th best among the states.
  • Compliance with the rule to have an IFSP developed within 45 days of referral has improved from 75% in January 2003 to 98% in August 2006.