Texas

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's early intervention service system. Please contact the lead state agency or follow the various links for more detailed information.

Lead agency for early intervention services

Texas' Early Childhood Intervention is part of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

Children under the age of 3 may be eligible if they have:

  • Developmental delay of at least 25 percent in one or more developmental areas
  • Medically diagnosed condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental delay
  • Auditory or visual impairment as defined by the Texas Education Agency

See eligibility for more information.

Number of children served

Texas reported 23,613 infants and toddlers for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of Early Childhood Intervention programs coordinates local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families should contact their local Early Childhood Intervention program or call the statewide inquiries line at 800-628-5115.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information on available resources to families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the parent training and information centers listed below.

Family cost participation

Families meeting certain income guidelines may be asked to pay a fee for some services. Public and private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions. More information is available at family cost.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Texas enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Texas insurance for more information.

Parent training and information center

The Partners Resource Network has three agencies that provide regional support to families:

  • PATH - serves Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Wichita Falls, Southeast and East Texas
  • PEN - serves Amarillo, Lubbock, Abilene, San Angelo and El Paso
  • TEAM - serves San Antonio, Houston, Corpus Christi, Rio Grande Valley and Laredo

Additional support is provided by the Children's Disabilities Information Coalition for families in the El Paso area.

Early childhood school services information

Information and resources related to school services for children 3 through 5 years of age is available from the local school district, the local Early Childhood Intervention program and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is available from early childhood special education or by contacting:

Texas Education Agency
Phone: 512-463-9414

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available from the resource directory.

 

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