U.S. Army Medical Department
After evaluations have been completed, an eligibility meeting will be held. The evaluations and observations of the child will be compared with the eligibility criteria listed below to determine if the child qualifies for services. This is a team decision that must include the Family.
There are two categories of eligibility for early intervention services from EDIS. Eligibility is based on documented developmental delay or a medical condition with a high probability of resulting in developmental delay (biological risk).
Developmental Delay: of 25% or 2 standard deviations below the mean in one area of development OR a 20% delay or 1.5 standard deviations below the mean in two or more areas of development.
Biological Risk: child has a diagnosed physical or mental condition which has a high probability of resulting developmental delay. Determination of biological risk must be based on a physician’s diagnosis.
Once a child is found eligible and the Family chooses to receive support and services the next step in the process is developing the IFSP.
If the child is not eligible, but the Family and team feel that some degree of continued support is needed the Family may elect "tracking" as "safety net" for keeping an eye on their child’s developmental progress. Tracking becomes an option only after completing the evaluation and eligibility process. Ongoing contact with families who chose to have their child's development tracked typically occurs once every two months unless the contact is initiated by the Family.
Eligibility is documented on the Report of Eligibility, embedded in the IFSP-PD.