Frequently asked questions
What is AZEIP?
“The Arizona Early Intervention Program, known as AZEIP, is the statewide system of supports and services for families of children, birth to three, with disabilities or developmental delays.” (www.azdes.gov)
The following departments and systems work together, in partnership, to provide services to eligible children and their families:
- Department of Economic Security (DES)
- Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)
- Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (ASDB)
- Arizona Department of Education (ADE)
- Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
How do I make an AZEIP Referral?
Click on this link to make an online referral to Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP)
Why is early intervention important?
Early Intervention sets a foundation that will improve the life of the child and offer greater opportunities. Services significantly increase the ability to integrate later in school, the workplace, and the community. Early intervention services to young children who have or are at risk for developmental delays have been shown to have a positive impact across developmental domains, including:
- Language and communication
- Cognitive development
- Social/emotional development
Early intervention strengthens the entire family by providing a nurturing and supporting environment. Families can better meet their children’s needs from an early age and throughout their lives. Added benefits include reducing society’s economic burden through a decreased need for special education.
What is the Division of Developmental Disabilities?
The Arizona Department of Economic Security/ Division of Developmental Disabilities provides needed supports to people who meet the following eligibility requirements. Please click on the links below and review the definitions of the terms.
- Is a resident of the state of Arizona
- Voluntarily applies
- Is at risk of having a developmental disability (up to age six) or
- For people over the age of six years, has a diagnosis of
- Cerebral Palsy
- Cognitive/intellectual disability or
- The disability occurred prior to the age of 18
- Has substantial functional limitations in three of the seven major life areas.
Can I receive services with Essential Therapy Solutions if I’m not eligible for state services?
Yes! We are in network with several insurance plans and are also able to make arrangements for private payments for those not wishing to use insurance.
Where do I receive services through Essential Therapy Solutions?
Our services are provided within your home so there is no need to travel to a clinic. We can also plan to meet you out in the community if this is preferred or more appropriate to reach established outcomes.
What are the benefits to home-based services?
Many children perform better when they’re around familiar things. For young children with developmental delays, learning or attention issues, this is even more important. They are more likely to learn and get the most out of their services.
A natural environment may:
- Allow for your child to use items and routines in their everyday environment giving more opportunities for practice.
- Allow your child to stay engaged by doing things that are of interest
- Allow a service provider to model behaviors for family members and peers
- Allow for more participation by family members and peers in the therapy process
- Reducing time and cost traveling to appointments at multiple locations.