Early identification and treatment of children at risk for developmental delay is critical to helping them achieve their full potential in life.
The foundation for all aspects of a child’s healthy development (physical, behavioral, cognitive, and social/emotional) is laid during the first three years of life. Fortunately, a child’s developmental trajectory is dynamic. Children learn from every interaction, so developmental interventions, when offered early, can support healthy development, help to prevent developmental delay, and prepare children for school and a lifetime of well-being.
Below are two maps that highlight state Medicaid policies around developmental screening reimbursement and screening tools.