NEW JERSEY – Recognizing the critical work performed to support infants and toddlers with developmental delays, the New Jersey Department of Health increased rates paid to Early Intervention Service (NJEIS) providers.
As of July 1, 2021, eligible providers will receive a five percent increase in claims for a total budget increase of up to $8 million during the current fiscal year. The increase in provider rates is the first in more than 10 years and will support these dedicated professionals in their work with the state’s most vulnerable children
NJEIS serves families with children from birth to age 3 who are in need of speech, physical therapy, or other necessary services. More than 30,000 New Jersey families are served annually through the program.
“While all children grow and develop in unique ways, some children experience delays in their development, which can compound over time,” Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli said. “This increase will bolster providers’ efforts to offer vital services to minimize the effects of delays and disabilities, allowing these children to reach their full potential.”
Early intervention services are designed to address a delay in development as early as possible. Contracted agencies serve as the Early Intervention Program providers and arrange for practitioners to address the needs of eligible children and their families. Following the evaluation and assessment, an Individualized Family Service Plan is developed to describe the services that are needed by the child and family and how they will be implemented.
Early intervention providers continued providing services and supports throughout the pandemic via telehealth and other creative methods to ensure that families of children with disabilities had the necessary resources to prevent further developmental delays.
“The provider rate increase reflects Governor Murphy’s ongoing commitment to New Jersey children and families,” Persichilli said.
The $114 million appropriated by the Legislature in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget ensures the Early Intervention System will have the necessary funding to implement a robust system of services in the coming year.