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Office of the Ombudsman for Individuals
with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities and Their Families

Early Intervention Resources (Birth to 3)

New Jersey Department of Health is home to the New Jersey Early Intervention System, which serves infants and children who are experiencing developmental delays, until the third birthday.

Early Intervention Services (NJEIS)

If you suspect that an infant or toddler may be experiencing developmental delays, contact the Early Intervention System at 888-653-4463. The call is toll-free for New Jersey residents.

NJEIS are designed to address a problem or delay in development as early as possible – from birth until a child’s third birthday. Service Coordination assists and enables children and families to receive services under NJEIS and are a single point of contact in helping families obtain community services. Contracted agencies serve as the Early Intervention Program Providers (EIPs) and arrange for early intervention practitioners to address the needs of eligible children and their families.

Following the evaluation and assessment, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed to describe the early intervention services that are needed by the child and family and how they will be implemented. The IFSP is reviewed at least every six months; or more frequently if necessary. While certain services are provided at public expense, families may have a co-pay for some services.

Family Rights & Procedural Safeguards in Early Intervention

Family Rights & Procedural Safeguards are a set of federal requirements to ensure that infants and toddlers with delays or disabilities and their families are provided early intervention services according to the procedures and processes established by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its regulations. A Parent Liaison is available through the Procedural Safeguards Office to advise parents of their rights under the Early Intervention System and help them understand the options available to them when disputes arise.

Special Child Health Services Case Management

Special Child Health Services Case Management is available to assist parents/guardians of children (birth to age 21) with special health needs, including long-term medical conditions, birth defects, physical and developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injury. They make referrals and assist families to access State, federal and community resources out of 21 county-based case management units.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 09/27/22
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