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

Mississippi's First Steps program is located within the Mississippi Department of Health.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of 33 percent in one developmental area
  • Developmental delay of 25 percent in two or more areas
  • Diagnosed physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in developmental delay

Call 601-576-7816 for more information.

Number of children served

Mississippi reported 2,122 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

First Steps utilizes a network of local providers grouped by district. Locations and contact information are available at district coordinators.

Initial family contact

Families may contact their county health office, call 800-451-3903 or contact their district coordinators for more information or to make a referral.

Services for at-risk children

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

Mississippi has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services.

Parent training and information center

Contact the Mississippi Parent Training and Information Center.

Early childhood school services information

Information about education services for children 3 through 5 years of age is available from the local school district, the district coordinators and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

Mississippi Department of Education
Phone: 601-359-3498

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources is provided through the resource library.

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