Linda Wilcox, Early Intervention Coordinator
Richard Reynolds, Program Coordinator
Child Find Program
is a partnering effort between Allegany County’s Early
Intervention Program and local physicians that establishes a vital link between
doctors’ offices and available county services. This is a New York State
Department of Health sponsored program that helps identify infants and toddlers
up to pre-school age at-risk for a developmental delay.
Screenings performed by pediatricians
during regularly scheduled well-child visits help to determine those children
who may require Early Intervention services in one or more developmental areas.
One example of a screening tool used in this program is the Denver II
The goal of Child Find is to:
... ensure that all children, and especially very young children, have
health care that includes developmental surveillance by their primary health
… engage primary healthcare providers in identifying
infants and toddlers at-risk for developmental delay and/or disabilities
through periodic developmental screening,
… assure that children who are diagnosed by their
healthcare provider as having a high probability of developmental delay are
referred to our Early Intervention Program.
PHCP is a Program that:
*Provides financial assistance and case management for
medical care for physically disabling conditions of serious
*Covers children from birth to 21st birthday.
*Care must be given by an approved provider
(one who accepts
*Confidential financial review required to determine
financial eligibility for treatment.
*No financial eligibility requirement for “diagnosis and
(to determine medical eligibility)
*Children who are Medicaid eligible, and meet medical
requirements are automatically eligible for the program.
*Children that have insurance must use their insurance
and PHCP may be able to pay the balance.
Services through PHCP include?
*Diagnosis and evaluation, if needed
*Financial assistance for medical services related to the
child’s medical condition
*Case management to assess the needs of the entire family and
make referrals to other agencies as needed. This service is provided at no cost
to the family and is available regardless of the financial eligibility of the