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Report finds disparities in access to early intervention services

12.06.2019 | Politico New York |  Although New York’s early intervention program was touted as a national model when it launched in the 1990s, a new report suggests that inadequate payment rates, funding cuts and provider shortages have hindered timely access to the program's services, particularly for children living in low-income and minority communities.

An analysis by the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York and Advocates for Children of New York found that only about three-quarters of children eligible for early intervention services in the state received them in the 30-day legal deadline for services between 2016 and 2018, with many counties “seeing less than half of children receiving services on time.”

“For years, the state has failed to adequately invest in early intervention, and young children in low-income communities of color are paying the price," AFC Executive Director Kim Sweet said in a statement. Read article