Early Intervention Service Coordination
420 State Route 37, Akwesasne
Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mission: To provide confidential services to strengthen, support and protect Onkwehonwe and their families in all stages of life for seven generations by providing the knowledge and the tools needed to become independent and self empowered, incorporating traditional values, language and culture.
The New York State Early Intervention Program (EIP) is part of the national Early Intervention Program for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. First created by Congress in 1986 under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the EIP is administered by the New York State Department of Health through the Bureau of Early Intervention. In New York State, the Early Intervention Program is established in Article 25 of the Public health Law and has been in effect since July 1, 1993.
To be eligible for services, children must be under 3 years of age and have a confirmed disability or established developmental delay, as defined by the State, in one or more of the following areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive.
The Early Intervention program offers a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and todders with disabilities and their families, including:
- Family education and counseling, home visits, and parent support groups
- Special instruction
- Speech pathology and audiology
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Psychological services
- Service coordination (is offered by the SRMT Family Support Program)
- Nursing services
- Nutrition services
- Social work services
- Vision services
- Assistive technology devices and services
Service Coordination is an individually designed intervention which provides primary assistance to the waiver applicant/participant in gaining access to needed waiver and Medicaid State Plan Services, as well as other local, state and federally funded educational, vocational, social, medical and any other services. These interventions are expected to result in assuring the waiver participant’s health and welfare and increasing independence, integration and productivity. The Service Coordinator will assist the applicants/participants in obtaining and coordinating the services that are necessary to return to or remain in the community.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe works in conjunction with Franklin and St. Lawrence Counties in providing Service Coordination services.