NYS Department of Health Early Intervention Program

Mission and Goals: The mission of the Early Intervention Program is to identify and evaluate as early as possible those infants and toddlers whose healthy development is compromised and provide for appropriate intervention to improve child and family development.

How to Apply for Early Intervention

A municipal Early Intervention Official (EIO) designated by the chief elected official of the municipality/county administers the Early Intervention Program locally. Contact your EIO for information about your local program or to refer a child. For information about the statewide program, contact the NYS Department of Health, Bureau of Early Intervention at (518) 473-7016 or e-mail bei@health.state.ny.us

Contact Information:

New York State Department of Health

Bureau of Early Intervention
Corning Tower, Room 287
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237-0660
Phone: (518) 473-7016 – E-mail: bei@health.state.ny.us

Nassau County Health Department

60 Charles Lindberg Blvd., Suite 100
Uniondale, New York 11553-3683
Main: 516-227-8661 – Fax: 516-227-8662

Queens ( Queens County )

59-17 Junction Blvd. 2nd Floor
Corona, NY 11368
Phone: 718-271-1003 – Fax: 718-271-6114, 718-271-6271

Suffolk County Health Services

50 Laser Court
Hauppauge, New York 11788
Main: 631-853-3100 – Fax: 631-853-2300

Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI)

The New York State Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program (NY EHDI) supports the US Surgeon
General’s Healthy People 2020 goal ENT–VSL–1: Increase the proportion of newborns who are screened for hearing loss by no later than age 1 month, have audiologic evaluation by age 3 months, and are enrolled in appropriate intervention services no later than age 6 months.
Universal newborn hearing screening is a component of the NY EHDI program. NYS Public Health Law requires all maternity hospitals and birthing centers to administer newborn hearing screening programs. Parents are given infor- mation about newborn hearing screening prior to the screening. Then shortly after birth, the baby’s hearing is screened and parents are given the result. If a baby does not pass the initial hearing screening, he/she may be re–screened prior to discharge. If the baby cannot be rescreened before discharge, or does not pass re–screening, the parents will be given a prescription for their baby to have an outpatient screening and a list of qualified infant hearing screeners. If the infant fails a second screening, the baby is referred for a full diagnostic hearing assessment. If hear- ing loss is detected, the infant is referred to the NYS Early Intervention Program for appropriate intervention services. www.infanthearing.org

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