In New York State, Early Intervention Services for Children is administered under the Department of Health through the Bureau of Early Intervention. Early Intervention is a voluntary program and is at no direct cost to families. If there are any concerns regarding a child’s development a referral can be made. Once a referral is made Early Intervention will assign an Initial Service Coordinator to explain the program and help the families in choosing an evaluation provider. Evaluations will be conducted to determine eligibility. In order to be eligible for the Early Intervention Program children must be under the age of three and have a diagnosed physical or mental condition that is likely to result in a in a developmental delay or established developmental delay in one or more areas of development: communication, physical, adaptive, cognitive and/or social-emotional. Once eligibility is determined an Individualized Service Plan meeting will be held to develop the appropriate goals based on the child’s developmental needs. The plan will include the services a child will be receiving along with location and mandate. An Ongoing Service Coordinator will be assigned to the family while they are in Early Intervention. Interventionist assigned will work closely with families to achieve stated outcomes. When a child nears the age of three, Early Intervention will assist the family with the process of transitioning out of the Early Intervention Program.