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

Montana's Early Intervention Services program is part of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of 50 percent in one developmental area
  • Developmental delay of 25 percent in two or more areas
  • Physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in developmental delay

See eligibility criteria (Page 14) for more details.

Number of children served

Montana reported 729 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of regional Developmental Disability Program offices coordinates local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families should contact the regional office for their location.

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

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

Parent training and information center

Parents, Let's Unite for Kids is Montana's parent training and information center.

Early childhood school services information

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

Montana Office of Public Instruction
Phone: 406-444-0452

State early intervention resources

Families may contact the parent training and information center above which manages the central directory. Additional information and resources is available at First Steps: A Parent Handbook.

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