North Dakota

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

North Dakota's Early Intervention is part of the North Dakota Department of Human Services.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay defined as 25 percent below age norms in two or more developmental areas
  • Developmental delay of 50 percent below age norms in one or more areas
  • Physical or mental condition with a high probability of becoming developmentally delayed

See eligibility criteria (Page 13) for more information.

Number of children served

North Dakota reported 930 infants and toddlers for its 2012 child count.

Support service structure

Early intervention services are coordinated through a network of Developmental Disabilities Offices.

Initial family contact

Families should contact the Developmental Disabilities Office that serves their area or call North Dakota Early Intervention at 701-328-8936.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information about available resources for 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 insurance may be accessed under certain conditions.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

The Pathfinder Parent Center is North Dakota's parent training and information center.

Early childhood school services information

Information about school services for children ages 3 through 5 is available from the local school district and the local Developmental Disabilities Office. Additional information is provided at early childhood education or by contacting:

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Phone: 701-328-2277

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are provided at family information.

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