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

Ohio's Help Me Grow is part of the Ohio Department of Health.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of 1.5 standard deviations in one or more developmental areas
  • Physical or mental condition with a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay

See eligibility criteria for more information.

Number of children served

Ohio reported 14,103 for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of county-based Help Me Grow providers coordinates local early intervention services.

Initial family contact

Families may contact their Help Me Grow provider or complete the online referral form.

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 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 at family cost.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

The Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities is Ohio'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 districts and the Help Me Grown providers. Additional information is provided at early childhood education or by contacting:

Ohio Department of Education
Phone: 614- 387-2239

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available at family resources.

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