The service coordinator (that's what I was trying to come up with in the previous post) explained the process which is as follows:
- Referral -- Call made to EI by the parent, physician, etc.
- Assignment to a Service Coordinator (SC)
- Intake Appointment -- SC comes to child's home to gather all needed info & explain the process to the parent(s)/guardian(s). P/G selects therapists to evaluate their child in the areas that delays are suspected.
- Reports from eval. sent to SC
- SC reviews reports and determines if services are needed.
- SC lets p/g know the results of the eval. & whether or not child qualifies for services.
- A IFSP meeting is done to determine what the goals are for the child's therapy. (This is very similar to the IEP we do each year for Jay's Special Ed. & Speech services at school.)
- Therapist(s) begin to see the child.
- Case review every 6-12 months.
I believe I got all steps in there. She also explained that there is a Family Fee that would need to be paid to help cover what insurance does not cover. I know that our insurance does not cover speech services, so I figured that we would have a large payment to make each month. Well I was wrong. The fee is based on your income. The monthly fees are $0, $10, $20, $30, $50, $70, $100, $150 & $200. It does say that families who are on Medicaid, KidCare or WIC, or whose income is at or below 185% of the federal poverty level are not required to pay a fee. Considering that the maximum monthly family fee for a family of 5 is for those whose income is over $144, 780 per year.
I am hoping that we can get the evaluations done next week. I would like to get things going before school starts. I will definitely post again once we have acheived the next step in the process.