Why should we fund early intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities?

28 January 2016 Written by  

Referrals for Baby Watch Early Intervention Program services are increasing,

...yet state funding for direct services is flat and Early Intervention (EI) was excluded from the Governor’s SFY17 Budget Recommendations.

  • From SFY13 to SFY15, referrals to EI programs increased by 12%.
  • A growing number of children would benefit from EI services. In SFY15, 4% of Utah’s birth-to-3 population received EI services. Research indicates that as many as 13% of birth-to-3 year olds have delays that would make them eligible for services.
  • An independent evaluation found that the cost of operating the state-wide Early Intervention program in SFY2014 was 10% greater than the funding provided.2
  • In the first 6 months of SFY16, referrals have increased by 38%. By end of year, a projected 2,365 more children will be referred for EI services (including 17% CAPTA referrals)

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Read the complete printer-friendly pdffactsheet from the Utah Early Intervention Providers Consortium.


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JessieJessie Mandle, Senior Health Policy Analyst, joined the organization in 2015. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, Jessie was a Senior Program Planner with the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, where she focused on nutrition and Out of School Time areas. Jessie also worked as a policy researcher in Johannesburg, South Africa and oversaw a CDC grant for Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, she worked with the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Cancer Action Network. Jessie has a Master's degree in Public Heath from Portland State University and a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.