Rhode Island

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

Rhode Island's Early Intervention Program is part of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

  • Developmental delay of two standard deviations in at least developmental area
  • Developmental delay of 1.5 standard deviations in two or more areas
  • Physical or mental condition known to impact development

See eligibility criteria for more details.

Number of children served

Rhode Island reported 1,977 infants and toddlers for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of community providers coordinates local early intervention services. Locations and contact information are available at community provider contacts.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the community provider that services their location (use community providers and community provider contacts to locate the provider). Families may also contact the Parent Information Network at 401-270-0101.

Services for at-risk children

Local service teams will provide information about available resources to families with children who are not eligible for early intervention services. Families may also contact the Rhode Island Parent Information Network at 401-270-0101.

Family cost participation

Families are not required to pay for services.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent Training and Information Center

The Rhode Island Parent Information Network is Rhode Island'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, the community providers and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available from early childhood education or by contacting:

Rhode Island Department of Education
Phone: 401-222-8947

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available at central directory and the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities.

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