Early Intervention in Kitsap and North Mason Counties is a collection of services that families may need for their infants or toddlers with disabilities. The FICC membership includes representatives from many of these services.
Early Intervention during the first years of a child's life can make a big difference in the future of that child.
Early Intervention Might:
- Help you find services you need for your child.
- Help you understand your child's developmental growth.
In Kitsap and North Mason Counties, the driving force or foundation of all early intervention service delivery is a family-centered approach. Families of infants and toddlers with disabilities are always at the center of service coordination.
Family Resource Coordinators work directly with the families of infants and toddlers to ensure that services:
- Are accessible.
- Are within close proximity for families.
- Are free from attitudinal or architectural barriers.
- Meet child and family needs.
- Are flexibly scheduled.
In 1986 Congress passed a law that encouraged states to improve early intervention services. This law is now known as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The law developed guidelines for states to follow in providing services to families with infants and toddlers with disabilities. Each state decides every year if they can continue to provide early intervention services as defined by IDEA. The Department of Social and Health Services Infant Toddler Early Intervention Program (ITEIP) within the Division of Developmental Disabilities directs the coordination of the statewide system of early intervention services.
Early intervention services are designed to meet the developmental needs of each eligible child and the needs of the family related to enhancing the child's development.
If you need a sign language interpreter, one must be provided for you. If you do not speak English, an interpreter must be provided for you.
Early Intervention Services Committee
Early Intervention Services (EIS) Committee's focus is on provision, coordination and accessibility of services for children between the ages of birth and five years of age with special needs or developmental delay. The EIS committee is comprised of Family Resources Coordinators, service providers, parents, and other interested community members with a minimum of 5 FICC members. The committee's tasks include resolution of disputes as well as providing advisory guidance. The EIS committee is available to assist in the resolution of disagreements between providers within agencies and between agencies should a dispute arise.
EIS committee currently meets prior to ICC on the 3rd Thursday of the month of October, November, February, March and May at Olympic ESD from 9:00 am to 10:00 am.
For more information please contact Jamie Ream, Lead Family Resources Coordinator, at (360) 373-2536 or (800) 449-1660.
Early Hearing Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention Committee (EHDDI)
The Early Hearing Detection, Diagnosis and Intervention (EHDDI) Committee's focus is on the coordination of services for deaf or hard of hearing children in Kitsap County. The committee members represent Early Head Start, Harrison Hospital, Navy Hospital, Central Kitsap School District, Kitsap County Health District, Holly Ridge Center, and Kitsap and North Mason Counties Lead Family Resources Coordination. This positive, collaborative group is dedicated to improving early hearing detection, diagnosis and intervention for children in Kitsap County.
EHDDI committee currently meets quarterly at Harrison Medical Center.
For more information, please contact Amanda Fagan, Lead Family Resouce Coordinator, at (360) 373-2536.
- Flow Chart depicting Kitsap County process for newborn hearing screening: Hearing Screening Process.
- Early intervention BROCHURE for infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing in Kitsap County.
- ESIT Website