Early Intervention Program Manual

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The Illinois Department of Human Services serves as the lead agency for the states Federal Part C Early Intervention Program.

Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorizes EI as a developmental program serving children birth to three with developmental delays, disabilities, and at risk conditions known to cause delays. Services are determined based upon functional outcomes that focus on child development and family needs and support that address the child's developmental needs rather than medical needs.

Laws and Regulations

The Early Intervention program is governed by Federal and state regulations and the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) policies.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as amended by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 [20 USC 1400 et seq.], Title I, Part C and 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 303 and related regulations can be viewed and downloaded on the EI website by selecting either Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Federal Regulations under Resources, Laws and Rules, or you may visit the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (NECTAC) website at http://www.nectac.org/idea/idea.asp.

State Statute

Early Intervention Services System Act (325 IL CS 20/) http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=1463&ChapterID=32

State Administrative Code

Title 89: Social Services Chapter IV: Department Of Human Services Subchapter E: Early Childhood Services Part 500 Early Intervention Program http://www.ilga.gov/commission/jcar/admincode/089/08900500sections.html

Federal Rule & Statute

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as amended by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 [20 USC 1400 et seq.], http://idea.ed.gov/  

Federal Regulations

34 Code of Federal Register (CFR) Part 303, Early Intervention Program for Infants and Toddlers With Disabilities https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-09-28/pdf/2011-22783.pdf  

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (Public Law 104-191, Title II, § 262(a), 100stat. 2024) http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/privacyrule/index.html

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Regulations (FERPA), U.S.C. 1232g, 34 CFR Part 99) www.ed.gov/policy/gen/reg/ferpa/index.html.  

Other laws, rules, and policies may also apply.

Early Intervention Contractors

The following contracts are used by the Early Intervention Bureau to meet the requirements of the Part C grant.

Child and Family Connections

Early Intervention Central Billing Office

Early Intervention Clearinghouse

Early Intervention Monitoring

Early Intervention Provider Connections

Early Intervention Training