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.

Ohio Early Intervention Rules

New: Proposed Rule Changes

The Department is proposing to adopt new rule 5123:2-10-01 (Early Intervention Services - System of Payment). The rule establishes a structure to pay for activities and expenses that are reasonable and necessary for implementing Ohio's Early Intervention system for eligible children and their families. House Bill 483 of the 131st General Assembly transferred responsibility for implementing the Early Intervention services program from the Ohio Department of Health to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and charged the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities with adopting rules necessary to implement the program. The rule can be found here