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

Alabama's Early Intervention System is a division of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation 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
  • A diagnosed condition that will likely result in a developmental delay

See eligibility criteria for more information.

Number of children served

Alabama reported 2,993 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

Alabama's Early Intervention System has seven district offices that coordinate local early intervention services. Locations and contact information are available at district offices.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the Alabama Early Intervention Service Child Find office at 800-543-3098.

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 center listed below.

Family cost participation

Families are not required to pay for services. Public or private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

The Alabama Parent Education Center is Alabama's parent training and information center.

Early childhood school services information

Information regarding school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district, local service teams and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information may be obtained by contacting:

Alabama Department of Education
Phone: 334-242-8114

State early intervention resources

More information and resources are available at resource library.

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