Developmental Screening and Referrals

Health care providers can screen and monitor children for developmental delays or disabilities during routine well-child visits. Once a child is identified with potential delays or disabilities, there should be prompt evaluation and follow-up.

Oregon's Early Intervention/Early Childhood (EI/ECSE) program provides specialized evaluation and follow-up services to children (age 0-5 years) who may have developmental delay or disability. Pediatric primary care providers can refer a child and his or her family to their county's EI/ESCE program. EI/ECSE staff will contact the family, asses the child's needs, and determine eligibility for EI/ESCE services. If the child is not eligible, EI/ESCE can refer the family to appropriate services in the community.


Referrals to EI/ECSE

The Universal Referral Form for EI/ECSE Providers was created to help health care providers convey the information EI/ECSE needs when a referral is made. The form includes a dual consent authorizing the sharing of information under both Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This allows health care providers and EI/ESCE to share information, which helps ensure the child and family receive appropriate care.


EI/ECSE Referral Resources


Health Care Provider Resources

  • Developmental Screening Tool Kit – information about validated developmental screening tools, surveillance, reimbursement, referral processes and resources
  • START (Screening Tools and Referral Training) - Oregon Pediatric Society