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2012 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Children’s Services Handbook : 2. Medicaid Children’s Services Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) : 2.5 Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Services

2.5 Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Services
The Texas ECI Program is available statewide to all children who have been determined to be eligible for ECI services by the ECI Program providers. To be eligible for ECI services, children must be 35 months of age and younger (i.e., before their third birthday) and have disabilities or developmental delays as defined by ECI criteria. Texas Medicaid covers the ECI claims for children who are Medicaid clients.
All health-care professionals are required by federal and state regulations to refer children who are 35 months of age and younger (i.e., before their third birthday) to the Texas ECI Program within two business days of identifying a disability or suspected delay in development. Referrals can be based on professional judgment or a family's concern. A medical diagnosis or a confirmed developmental delay is not required for referrals.
To refer families for services, providers can call their local ECI program, or they can call the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) Inquiry Line at 1-800-628-5115. For additional ECI information, providers can visit the DARS website at Persons who are hearing-impaired can call the TDD/TTY line at 1-866-581-9328.

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