EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION GOAL ONE: Data and Tracking from Screening to Early Intervention
Goal Statement The New Mexico Department of Health’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program of Children’s Medical Services (CMS) will increase fidelity in data collection, tracking, and real-time data reporting from screening to early intervention.
Background A tremendous amount of research compiled during the past 20 years confirms the critical need for immediate access to language among children who are deaf or hard of hearing (JCIH 2007). Mounting evidence clearly shows that a newborn’s brain craves immediate and sustained language stimulation (Petitto, et al, 2012). New Mexico has worked to keep pace with this information. Federal and New Mexico state regulations have already put in place safety measures specific to early intervention to assure earliest possible access to language. Through these mandates, the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Children’s Medical Services has been empowered to ensure screening and follow-up of newborns relative to hearing sensitivity (Subsection G of 18.104.22.168 NMAC). Children’s Medical Services is also the recipient of federal HRSA grant monies dedicated to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention and is responsible to reporting and compliance measures identified through EHDI. Other mandates empower the NMDOH Family Infant Toddler (FIT) Program as the lead agency for IDEA Part C services. As such, FIT is responsible for providing early intervention services to children birth to age three with, or at risk for, a developmental delay (Section 24-1-3 and Section 28-16A-18, NMSA 1978). Additional legislation and agreements, such as The Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children’s Educational Bill of Rights Act and the NMSD/DOH Memorandum of Agreement, confirm that the Department of Health (CMS and FIT) and the New Mexico School for the Deaf will work collaboratively regarding early intervention and newborn hearing screening follow-up. 8
New Mexico Task Force for Education for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Children & Youth