Early Intervention in NJ

Early Intervention Services for Infants and Toddlers
 
Sometimes Children are born with, or later develop conditions that might delay their development, such as: talking, moving, learning or behaving.  If you or someone you know has an infant or toddler with a suspected or known developmental delay or disabillity, contact the Robbinsville Public School District at (609) 632-0944 ext. 4411, or Project CHILD FIND at 1-800-322-8174, or call the county case management unit in your county of residence which is listed.  Robbinsville Public School District or Project CHILD FIND can help families to access early intervention services throughout New Jersey.
 
There is help for families, children are all different.  Seldom do they do the same thing at exactly the same age.  Families who have concerns about their child's development should consult with their pediatrician, primary care physician, county health clinic or their count-based Special Child Health Services (SCHS) case management unit.
 
The first step...When you contact the SCHS county-based case coordinator is available to offer assistance and provide  information about entry into the early intervention system.  Once you decide to participate in the statewide early intervention system, a service coordinator will schedule an evaluation for your child.  When the evaluation process is completed, and if your child is determined eligible, an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be developed.  The team that develps the IFSP includes you and other family members that you request, your service coordinator, and at least one of the professionals who took part in the evaluation process and has expertise in child development.  The IFSP is an individualized plan for services that will meet the needs of your child and family.
 
The ultimate goal for early intervention services is to maximize each child's potential to lead a full productive life with their family and within their own community.  Early intervention services can be provided in the places most natural to your family, including your home, your childs's day care center, a doctor's office, play groups or an early childhood program center.
 
If your child is not determined eligible for early intervention services, the service coordinator will help you to identify needed community resources and supports.  They will also work with you to obtain the needed services or future re-evaluations if appropriate.
 
In order for you and your family to receive appropriate support, you need to share information about your concerns with the service coordinator.  It may take time for you to feel comfortable and trust professionals who will be intimately involved with you and your family, but remember, confidentiality is maintained throughout the process.
 
Please contact: Robbinsville Public School District (609) 632-0944, ext. 4411. You may also contact the following:
 
Atlantic County (609) 645-7700 Ext. 4336
Bergan County  (201) 599-6153
Burlington County   (609)   267-1950
Camden County   (609) 374-6021
Cape May County (609) 465-1203
Cumberland County (609) 453-2154
Essex County (201) 857-4663
Gloucester County (609) 262-4100 Ext. 4158
Hudson County (201) 915-2514
Hunterdon County (908) 788-6398   
Mercer County (609) 588-8501
Middlesex County (908) 521-1247
Monmouth County (201) 224-6950
Morris County   (201) 971-4155
Ocean County (908) 341-9700 Ext. 7602
Passaic County (201) 256-4636
Salem County (609) 935-7510 Ext.479
Somerset County (908) 725-2366
Sussex County (201) 948-5400 Ext. 62
Union County (908) 889-0950
Warren County (908) 689-6000 Ext. 258
 
You may also click here to view the Early Intervention website.  http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/eis/
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