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

Utah's Baby Watch is part of the Utah Department of Health.

Eligibility criteria for early intervention services

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

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

See eligibility criteria (Section R398-020-2) for more details.

Number of children served

Utah reported 3,557 infants and toddlers served for the 2012 child count.

Support service structure

A network of provider agencies coordinates early intervention services locally.

Initial family contact

Families may contact the provider agency serving their location or call the state Baby Watch office at 800-961-4226.

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 meeting certain income guidelines may be asked to pay a fee for some services. Public and private insurance may be accessed under certain conditions. See family cost (Section R398-020-3) for more information.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

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

Parent training and information center

The Utah Parent Center is Utah'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 local providers and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:

Utah State Office of Education
Phone: 801-538-7948

State early intervention resources

Additional information and resources are available at early intervention resources.

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