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
West Virginia's Birth to Three program is part of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Eligibility criteria for early intervention services
Children under the age of 3 may be eligible if they have:
- Developmental delay of 40 percent in one or more developmental areas
- Developmental delay of 25 percent or more in two or more developmental areas
- Physical or mental condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay
See eligibility criteria for more details.
Number of children served
West Virginia reported 2,703 students for the 2012 child count.
Support service structure
A network of regional administrative units coordinates local early intervention services.
Initial family contact
Families may call 866-321-4728 (in-state) or contact the regional administrative unit serving their location.
Services for at-risk children
Local service teams will provide information on 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
West Virginia enacted legislation that requires insurers to cover some services for children with autism spectrum disorders. See West Virginia insurance for more information.
Parent training and information center
West Virginia Parent Training and Information, Inc. is West Virginia'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 regional administrative units and the parent training and information center listed above. Additional information is available at early childhood education or by contacting:
West Virginia Department of Education
State early intervention resources
Additional information and resources are available at early intervention resources.