As a healthcare or medical professional, families look to you for guidance regarding their child's growth and development. ECI wants to work with you to help families get the services they need for their infants and toddlers.

Medical professionals are considered to be primary referral sources for families who may need ECI services. Primary referral sources include:

  • Hospitals, including prenatal and postnatal care facilities
  • Physicians
  • Public health facilities
  • Other public health or social service agencies
  • Other clinics and health care providers

Ways to Make a Referral to ECI

  • Complete the ECI Referral Form developed by ECI and the Texas Pediatric Society.
  • Give the contact information to the family and recommend that they call the ECI program.
  • Call or fax information about your concerns for a child to your local ECI program. Visit the ECI program search page to locate the program in your area.

Did You Know?

  • ECI serves children from birth to 36 months.
  • Evaluations to determine ECI eligibility are at no cost to the family.
  • Translation and interpreter services are available.
  • ECI provides services to families at all income levels.
  • Families receiving services from other providers/agencies may still be eligible for ECI services.

What is the Value of ECI's Approach to Services?

  • Provides services individualized to the needs of each child and family.
  • Involves families in therapeutic intervention strategies based on their child's daily routines.
  • Provides services in the home and community settings.
  • Includes measurable outcomes related to children's developmental gains.
  • Provides case management for all families.
  • Assists families in transitioning to other services when the child turns 3.

Resources Available to Help Medical Professionals

Do you have questions about how your child under age 3 is growing or developing?

Visit the ECI Program Search page to find the local program in your area or call the HHS Office of the Ombudsman at 877-787-8999, select a language, then select Option 3.