2017 Service Recognition Awards: SCSSSD

2017 Service Recognition Awards

SCSSSD Early Intervention Program is part of the New Jersey Early Intervention System (NJEIS.) Under the Division of Family Health Services, our agency implements New Jersey’s statewide system of services for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, with developmental delays or disabilities, and their families in the Southern NJ region including but not limited to those within Salem County. Currently, our services and supports are provided to over 80 eligible families within the County of Salem and more than 230 in the Southern Region of NJ with both numbers in flux almost daily.

The mission of the Salem County Special Services Early Intervention Program is to enhance the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of children birth to age three who have delays or disabilities by providing quality services and support to families and their children. Families from diverse racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds are involved in decision-making at every level of the design, implementation and evaluation of the Early Intervention System. The agency promotes collaborative partnerships among the family, their community, service and health care providers, schools and child care programs that strengthen and enhance family competence to develop and use lasting networks of natural support. The agency’s practitioners provide a family-centered approach, which will be based upon the uniqueness of the family and its culture. SCSSSD EIP promotes prompt service and support delivery in settings most natural and comfortable for the child and family and which foster opportunities for the development of peer relationships with children without disabilities. We reflect the current best practices in the field of early intervention in order to ensure uniformity of service delivery standards and yield the most positive outcome for the child and family. SCSSSD EIP practitioners recognize and respect the knowledge, beliefs, aspirations, values, culture and preference of families and utilize these for planning and delivery of support and services.