EIEC Webinar: State Part C Eligibility Definitions: Who do states make candidates for Part C services?


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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
4:00pm - 5:00pm ET
Location: Webinar


Researchers have found large discrepancies between states in Part C early intervention eligibility criteria for children with developmental delays. These discrepancies and more will be discussed during this webinar.

Rosenberg and colleagues examined data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Survey — Birth Cohort and calculated the proportion of children who would be eligible for Part C early intervention based on definitions of delay currently used nationwide. Results indicated that the proportion of children aged 3 years or younger who were likely to be eligible for Part C services ranged from 2% to 78%, and the proportion of children currently enrolled ranged from 1.48% to 6.96%.

The largest discrepancies between the proportion of children who are Part C candidates and the proportion of children enrolled in those services were found in Washington and Michigan, where there are approximately 26 times more candidates than currently are served. Alaska, Arizona, Missouri and Washington, DC, have the most restrictive criteria, serving approximately the same number of children as are estimated to be Part C eligible.

States need to look at the criteria they use to determine which infants and toddlers are eligible for early intervention. They need to ask themselves why they have such broad criteria when they can’t serve all children under 3 years who have severe developmental delays.


Cordelia Robinson Rosenberg, PhD, RN, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry Director, JFK Partners University of Colorado School of Medicine  

Steven Rosenberg, PhD,  Associate Professor of Psychiatry University of Colorado School of Medicine


Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Miami Associate Director, Mailman Center for Child Development Chair, Pediatric Bioethics Committee, Jackson Memorial Hospital Regional Medical Director, CMS South Region


This webinar is made possible with support from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Maternal and Child Health Bureau

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