§ 4226.22. Eligibility for early intervention services.
(a) The county MH/MR program shall ensure that early intervention services are provided to all children who meet one or more of the following eligibility criteria:
(1) A developmental delay, as measured by appropriate diagnostic instruments and procedures, of 25% of the childs chronological age in one or more of the developmental areas of cognitive development; physical development, including vision and hearing; communication development; social or emotional development; and adaptive development.
(2) A developmental delay in one or more of the developmental areas of cognitive development; physical development, including vision and hearing; communication development; social or emotional development; and adaptive development, as documented by test performance of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean on accepted or recognized standard tests for infants and toddlers.
(3) A diagnosed physical or mental condition which has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay as specified in paragraphs (1) and (2), including a physical or mental condition identified through an MDE, conducted in accordance with § 4226.61 (relating to MDE), that is not accompanied by delays in a developmental area at the time of diagnosis.
(b) In addition to the diagnostic tools and standard tests specified in subsection (a)(1) and (2), informed clinical opinion shall be used to establish eligibility, especially when there are no standardized measures or the standardized measures are not appropriate for a childs chronological age or developmental area. Informed clinical opinion makes use of qualitative and quantitative information to assist in forming a determination regarding difficult-to-measure aspects of current developmental status and the potential need for early intervention.
This section cited in 55 Pa. Code § 4226.5 (relating to definitions).
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