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New York State Health Department Bureau of Early Intervention - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

New York State Health Department Bureau of Early Intervention
Department of Health
Empire State Plaza
Corning Tower, Room 208
Albany, NY 12237-0618
(518) 473-7016 (Local)
(518) 473-8673 (Fax)
(888) 577-2229 (Toll-Free)

Brief Description

Administered locally by municipal early intervention official.

Geographic area served: New York State.


Brenda Knudson-Chouffi, Co-Director,
Donna Noyes, Co-Director,

Services Offered

Services for Children

  • Early Intervention/Infant Services
    • Lead agency for New York's early intervention system as required under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Provides therapeutic and support services to infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

      The Early Intervention Program offers many types of early intervention services. Early intervention services are services that are:
    • Aimed at meeting children’s developmental needs and helping parents take care of their children.
    • Included in an Individualized Family Service Plan agreed to by the parent and the Early Intervention Official.

    • Some of the services offered by the Early Intervention Program include: assistive technology services and devices; audiology; family training; counseling, home visits, and parent support groups; medical services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes; nursing services; nutrition services; occupational therapy; physical therapy; psychological services; service coordination services; social work services; special instruction; speech-language pathology; vision services; health services needed for the child to benefit from other early intervention services; and transportation.
  • Information and Referral
    • A major component of statewide early intervention programming is the provision of training to ensure capacity for service delivery to all eligible children and their families. Approved contractors offer training across the State using curricula/courses approved by the Department of Health. For an updated training calendar visit:
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