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

Indiana's First Steps program is part of the Indiana Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of 25 percent or two standard deviations from the mean in one or more developmental areas
  • 20 percent or 1.5 standard deviations from the mean in two or more areas
  • Physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay

See eligibility information for more information.

Number of children served

Indiana reported 9,082 infants and toddlers for its 2012 child count.

Support service structure

First Steps has 10 regional offices that coordinate the provision of early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the First Step office for their area or contact the state office at 800-545-7763.

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 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 from the First Step offices or at cost participation.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

IN*SOURCE is Indiana'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 and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

Indiana Department of Education
Phone: 317- 232-0566

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available at the central directory.

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