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Case Study: Early Childhood Intervention System | SSG

Posted on July 19th, 2021   |   SSG

Massachusetts Early Intervention Services Background

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) promotes the health and well-being of all residents by ensuring access to high-quality public health and healthcare services, and by focusing on prevention, wellness, and health equity in all people.

Massachusetts Early Intervention (El) services support the development and learning of infants and toddlers by providing services to children and their families to help them meet adaptive, personal, communication, motor, and cognitive milestones. Children participating in the El Program are under the age of three, have documented developmental or physical delays, are diagnosed with certain conditions, or have medical or social histories which may put them at risk fora developmental delay.

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FAQs: Questions about Early Childhood Intervention System

What exactly is Early Intervention?

Early intervention is the process of administering healthcare, educational, and training services to parents of children with developmental disabilities, such as speech and physical therapy. It is a state-based public health program that connects parents and caregivers to professionals who can help them address their child’s needs in and out of the home.

How does the platform support public health decision making?

Public health officials use the Early Intervention (SSG) Early Intervention Application to track the number of children receiving these services and their health outcomes when applying for funding and reporting on the program’s success. Funding for special education and early intervention programs is largely determined by the number of children with disabilities and the amount of care required to help them lead a healthy, independent lifestyle.

What kind of data does the platform collect and analyze?

The Early Intervention (SSG) Early Intervention program collects information about the child receiving care, including the nature of their disabilities, what type of care they require, where they live and where they are most likely to spend their time, so they can receive these services in a timely manner. Entries will also include provider notes on the child’s condition and/or development and contact information for the parents and/or guardians.

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