These are the steps that your family will go through in the early intervention process. You, as a family, may choose to proceed at your own pace, stop eligibility determination, or withdraw from the program at any time.
If you or your child’s physician have a concern about your infant’s / toddler’s development (age birth to 35 months), you or the physician can make a referral to WV Birth to Three (WVBTT) by calling (866) 321-4728.
When a referral is received, an Interim Service Coordinator will call you to schedule an in-home visit to explain the WVBTT process and begin planning for the next steps.
If your child has a substantial developmental delay or certain risk factors, he/she may be eligible for WVBTT services. You will then select and contact a WVBTT professional to schedule an in-home eligibility meeting (called the Individualized Family Service Plan, or IFSP, meeting).
You and your professional of choice will then schedule appointments at the frequency decided at the IFSP meeting. This frequency is based on your child’s specific needs and is typically once a week, twice a month, or once a month.
During these in-home services, you will be an active participant in your child’s treatment. The professional will coach you on activities you can do with your child to reinforce the treatment they are receiving and give them the best chance of success.
Your child will receive services for one full year before being re-evaluated. If the re-evaluation determines that services are still needed, they will continue for another year or until the child turns three years of age.
Your child will leave the WVBTT system when he/she turns three years of age. Your service coordinator and IFSP team will help you with the transition process, including exploring other possible services.