Assemblyman Charles Lavine Stands Up for Early Intervention Patients and Providers

April 25, 2011

Glen Cove – Assemblyman Charles Lavine is urging the Department of Health to hold public hearings on two potentially damaging regulations that would change New York’s Early Intervention program. Joined by a bipartisan group of 44 legislators, Assemblyman Lavine submitted a letter to Department of Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah formally requesting the hearings.

Early Intervention offers support services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Providers develop motor, speaking, and other important skills hindered by a developmental delay. These providers consist of occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech pathologists, and special education experts. These changes will affect 2,700 agency and individual providers resulting in a $12.6 million decrease.

“We urge you to schedule a similar round of public hearings on the proposed fiscal regulations,” said Assemblyman Lavine. “This is necessary in order to provide a forum for stakeholders in the Early Intervention program and to present their concerns about the potential impact of the changes.”