FAQs For Providers

What is the Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program?

The State of Alaska’s Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program
(EI/ILP) serves as a single point of entry for infants and toddlers
whose families or others have concerns about their child’s development.
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), EI/ILP is responsible
for implementing services to young children, birth to three years, who
experience developmental delays and disabilities.

Who is the early intervention provider in Anchorage?

Programs for Infants & Children (PIC) serves children and families in Anchorage, Whittier, and Girdwood.

Who is eligible for PIC’s services?

Children are automatically eligible for early intervention services when
they have a condition known to result in developmental delay (i.e. Down’s
Syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism). They are also eligible if they demonstrate
a 50% delay in any one of five developmental areas (cognitive, physical
communication, social/emotional, and adaptive). Under special circumstances,
children may also be determined eligible based on additional information
indicating that there is a potential delay in areas that are difficult to
assess with standard measures.

What are PIC’s services?

Early intervention services like those provided at PIC are designed to
meet the individualized needs of the child and family. PIC provides
a variety of services such as early childhood education, social work,
occupational, physical and speech/language therapy, as well as
special instruction, vision, and audiology services. PIC services
are provided in partnership with parents and caregivers to provide
training and support in promoting their child’s development. Family
service coordination is provided to help families navigate the systems
and providers involved in their child’s care. PIC uses a team-based
early intervention model referred to as the “Primary Coaching Model”.

Who can refer to PIC?

PIC accepts referrals from anyone who has concerns about a child’s development including parents, family members, friends, physicians, hospitals, child protection, child care staff, and other community partners such as WIC, Early Head Start, and Parents as Teachers programs. The key to effective early intervention is the immediate referral of children with suspected delays.

What happens when a child is referred?

PIC will complete an assessment to determine a child’s eligibility for
services. A full evaluation is completed by a multi-disciplinary team
to assess all areas of development. (i.e. motor, cognitive, communication,
social/emotional, and self help areas such as eating, dressing, and toileting).
An Individualized Family Services Plan (IFSP) will be developed with the
family if the child is eligible for services. This plan will describe the services
needed by the child and family and how they will be provided. The IFSP
includes the goals most important to the family.

How soon will families be contacted?

When a referral is made to PIC, families are typically contacted within
three to four business days to begin the intake process. In most cases,
children who are eligible for services are evaluated and an Individualized
Family Services Plan is developed within 45 day of the date of referral.
All eligible children and their families are enrolled within 45 days of
referral, and can expect to receive services immediately. There is
no waitlist for eligible children at PIC.

Who pays for the services?

Many services are at no cost to the families. With a family’s consent, PIC is able to bill Medicaid and private health insurance companies for therapy services. If families don’t have insurance or insurance does not cover therapy services, families are able to use a sliding fee scale to reduce their costs for billable services, when applicable. Services will never be refused due to the inability to pay.

Where are the services provided?

Early intervention services are performed in “natural environments”
or places that typically developing infants and toddlers spend their
day. Most services happen in the family’s home. PIC also works in
childcare centers and other locations in the community. The location
of services is determined by the parents.

How are services provided?

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PIC’s services are provided to families and their children through
a primary coaching approach which values strong relationships
and a team supported process. Every child and family has a service
coordinator who is their primary provider. The primary provider
is selected based on the needs of the child and family. The primary
provider has a team of individuals from all disciplines who support
the provider, family, and child. The services for a child and family
are individualized and change as the child and family’s needs change.
PIC uses a team approach to ensure that parents receive consistent,
unduplicated, timely, evidence-based, individualized, and comprehensive
information, training, and support. This ensures that every family
has access to a full team of professionals that include early childhood
educators and special educators, occupational therapists, physical
therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers, and
behavioral health specialists.