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MCHB Core Outcomes for Children & Youth with
Special Health Care Needs
Core Outcome 4
Children are screened early and continuously for special health care needs.


Early identification of autism
On March 30, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report showing that an estimated 1 in 88 children in the United States, and 1 in 49 children in New Jersey, are identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 8.  The numbers are even higher for boys, with an estimated 1 in 54 boys identified as being on the spectrum, as well as for Hispanic and African-American children.  Overall, this represents a 23 percent increase over the previous estimates of 1 in 110 children from the last study in 2009.  The report, Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 14 Sites, United States, 2008, provides estimates from 14 selected sites, including New Jersey.  The report was published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/ss6103a1.htm?s_cid=ss6103a1_w .


Child Evaluation/Child Development Centers in NJ

Early Intervention Process (English and Spanish)

Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs

Early Intervention Toll Free Number

Early Intervention Regulations

Early Intervention Transition to Preschool Guide

Enhancing Child Development Services in Medicaid Managed Care Toolkit

EPSDT Supporting Children with Disabilities

Family Cost Share Letter

Family Guided Routines for Early Intervention

Family Rights Handbook

Foundations of EI Service Coordination in NJ

Foundations of EI Service Provision in NJ

More Information for Families in Early Intervention

NJ Early Intervention Service Coordinator Competencies

NJ Regional Early Intervention Collaboratives

Resources for Families in Early Intervention

Service Provider Competencies in Early Intervention

Speech Therapy Guideline

What Families Want to Know About Early Intervention Assessment

Early Intervention Links

NJ EI home page

NJ Dept. of Health & Senior Services - Family Health Services: Early Intervention System

Early Intervention Policies

Role of Your Pediatrician in Screening

Implementing Screening in the Medical Home

Pediatric Staff Roles for Developmental Screening


American Academy of Pediatrics: National Center Surveillance and Screening Activities

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Early Periodic Screening & Diagnostic Treatment Benefit

National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center

National Coordinating Center for the Genetics and Newborn Screening
Regional Collaborative Groups

Other Links

Links to advocacy groups, family/patient support groups, and information on various birth genetic conditions

PCORE Programs: Assuring Better Child Health & Development

PCORE Programs: Early ID Autism

National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management

The "It's Natural (to want to be sure about your baby's hearing) can be found on the website of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, and it can be downloaded. Go to: http://www.infanthearing.org/resources_home/its_natural.html