Children with Special Needs Bureau (CSN) is comprised of these programs:

  • NY State Early Intervention Program (EIP)
  • Preschool Special Education Program (PSEP)
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN)

NY State Early Intervention Program
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is a statewide program for children ages birth to three years old who have a
diagnosed condition or documented developmental delay, as defined by New York State Regulations, in one or more of the following areas of development: physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional, and/or adaptive.

Eligibility is established by New York State approved evaluators chosen by the family to conduct multidisciplinary evaluations that will assess their child's overall development. If found eligible for  the program  a child may receive services such as speech therapy, physical therapy occupational therapy and family training. Services are provided at no out of pocket cost to the family.

Preschool Special Education Program
The Preschool Education Program (PSEP) serves preschoolers three to five years of age that have been determined eligible for preschool special education services by their  local school district Committee on Preschool Special Education.  The  Preschool Special Education Program (PSEP) acts as the fiscal agent for contracted related service  providers and special education programs, assists families in navigating  the  educational process, and partners with  the State Education Department (SED) Quality Assurance staff  to ensure that preschool  programs and  services providers  comply with federal and state laws and  regulations that govern preschool special education.

Children with Special Health Care Needs Program
The Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN) provides information referral and advocacy for families of children who are physically challenged or chronically ill, birth through 21 years of age. 

The Health Department also continues to help shape county and state policy through a number of partnerships including the Downstate Early Childhood Council Officials Workgroup, The Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council, State Education Department, Special Education Regional Training Centers and State Education Early Childhood Direction Center.