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Study of Early Intervention Service Intensity in Texas
Findings from an SRI study of early childhood intervention services alerted the state's legislature to a need for changes.
A study SRI conducted for the Texas lead agency for early childhood intervention pointed out the need for decisions that result in sufficient service intensity and frequency to produce good outcomes for children and families.
The agency contracted with SRI to study a progressive decline in the intensity of services provided. The findings were based on analyses of existing service pattern data, team case reviews and recommendations, and interviews with providers.
The lead agency used the findings to alert the Texas legislature to either increase funding to support more service or restrict eligibility so that fewer children and families were served. The findings also pointed to the need for providers, especially those who are new to early intervention, to have standards and guidance when planning services.