Department of Health

Early Intervention Program: Evaluation of Program Results

The Department of Health administers the Early Intervention Program, in which children up to three years of age may be tested and treated for developmental disabilities. The goals of the Program include minimizing the severity of developmental disabilities in affected children, helping parents meet the needs of their disabled children, providing services to previously underserved populations, and helping to reduce the future costs of special education services for developmentally disabled children. We examined the actions taken by the Department to establish a system for measuring the extent to which Program goals have been achieved. We found that such a system has not been established. While we acknowledge the difficulty of establishing such a system, in light of increasing demands for accountability in government programs, it is essential that such a system be established. Department officials agree to establish a system for measuring the performance of the Early Intervention Program.

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