Early Intervention (EI) programs are subject to both federal and state laws and regulations.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

The federal law that establishes Early Intervention programs is called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

More information on the Law


Federal Regulations

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has issued regulations for all states' Early Intervention programs to carry out IDEA.

Federal Regulations


State Regulations

The Department of Developmental Disabilities has issued regulations for county Early Intervention programs implementing Ohio's EI program.

ODH Ohio Early Intervention Rules

  • This includes definitions, eligibility, monitoring contractors, service coordinator personnel and supervision, central coordination, individual family service plan and service delivery, data and maintenance of records, parents' rights, and procedural safeguards

DODD Ohio Early Intervention Rules

  • This includes the System of Payment Rule