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Early Intervention and Related Programs

4513-1020

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 $29,300,167 $29,300,167
FY17 $29,189,403 $28,550,167
FY16 $29,575,502 $28,400,167
FY15 $28,747,091 $27,420,583
FY14 $28,764,067 $27,241,537
FY13 $30,051,588 $28,025,263
FY12 $33,958,488 $31,144,420
FY11 $33,053,322 $29,449,384
FY10 $33,829,800 $29,554,904
FY09 $56,156,407 $48,582,041
FY08 $53,608,540 $45,737,286
FY07 $47,133,015 $38,774,137
FY06 $43,825,598 $35,140,024
FY05 $41,379,324 $31,970,828
FY04 $42,512,399 $31,888,180
FY03 $42,953,003 $31,523,328
FY02 $45,927,956 $32,980,105
FY01 $48,980,397 $34,560,039
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Funding for Early Intervention and Related Programs
45.3%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • Starting in FY10, some funding for Early Intervention shifted into the MassHealth Fee-for-Service line item (4000-0700). Starting in FY13, an additional $4.3 million shifted into the MassHealth Fee-for-Service line item.
  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

* Funding and comparison information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.

Early Intervention provides services to infants and toddlers (birth to three years old) who exhibit delays in cognitive, motor, language, behavioral and other areas of development or who are considered at risk for developmental delays. The program provides developmental evaluations and assessments to determine each child and family's needs and coordinates services based on those needs.

Children from birth to age three are eligible for the Early Intervention program if they have a medical condition that can be expected to result in developmental delays, if they exhibit delays in areas of development measured by standard benchmarks, or if there are child or family risk factors, such as very low birth weight or parent chronic illness. Once a child is deemed eligible, the child receives an Individualized Family Service Plan that is developed coordinated by a team including family and providers.

Early intervention services are provided by more than 60 programs that serve specific geographic areas across the state. The program emphasizes family involvement and provision of services in a "natural environment", such as the home or a child care center. Some services are free; other services may be covered by MassHealth or a family's private insurance, if a family consents. The Mass. Dept. of Public Health pays for all early intervention costs not covered by insurance.

Because early intervention is a federal program and federal law requires states to assess children for developmental delays and identify services necessary to meet their needs, Massachusetts receives federal grants to cover a portion of the costs of the program. The Department of Public Health is responsible for administering the program and is advised by the Massachusetts Interagency Coordinating Council, made up of parents, providers, and state agency representatives.

When looking at historical funding for early intervention, take note that some costs have shifted into the MassHealth budget.

Updated, December 2016

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $29,300,167 $29,300,167
FY18 Leg $29,300,167 $29,300,167
FY18 Sen $31,123,238 $31,123,238
FY18 SWM $31,123,238 $31,123,238
FY18 Hou $31,123,238 $31,123,238
FY18 HWM $31,123,238 $31,123,238
FY18 Gov $31,123,238 $31,123,238
FY17 $29,189,403 $28,550,167

Notes

  • Starting in FY10, some funding for Early Intervention shifted into the MassHealth Fee-for-Service line item (4000-0700). Starting in FY13, an additional $4.3 million shifted into the MassHealth Fee-for-Service line item.
  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

* Funding information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.