What is ECI?

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) helps babies and toddlers, ages birth to 3, with disabilities or delays in their development. ECI supports families through education and family services to help their children reach their potential.

What are ECI services?

Families and staff work as a team to develop a plan outlining services for the child and family. Together they plan appropriate activities. Services are provided in the home and community settings and help children learn basic skills as part of their family’s daily routines.

How much do ECI services cost?

Paying for Early Childhood Intervention Services

State regulations require ECI to collect payment from you to help pay for your child’s services. You can pay for your child’s services in two ways:
1. Use your or your child’s private and/or public insurance (for example Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program [CHIP], and TRICARE) and/or
2. Make payments to ECI up to a monthly maximum charge.

Your payments to ECI cover the cost of services not paid for by insurance. This includes any co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles required by your insurance. 1 How much will I pay to ECI each month? The amount you pay to ECI will depend upon:
1. Your child’s foster care status
2. Your child having Medicaid
3. The type and amount of ECI services provided in the calendar month
4. The amount of money ECI received from your or your child’s insurance
5. Insurance co-pays, co-insurance, and deductibles
6. Family size and income

For more information:

http://www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis/FCS_%20booklet_A.pdf English &

http://www.dars.state.tx.us/ecis/FCS_Espanol_A.pdf Spanish

Paying for First STEPS Services

All First STEPS programs are free of charge to families.  Medicaid and private insurance will be billed if applicable to services.

How do I find ECI?

Early Childhood Intervention of LifePath Systems Program serves Collin, Kaufman, and Rockwall Counties of Texas.  If you’re not in this area call the DARS Inquiries line at 1-800-628-5115 to find your local program. For TDD dial 1-866-581-9328.

What happens after I call?

You will be referred to a local ECI program. Your ECI program will check your child for developmental delay and eligibility for enrollment in an ECI program. Once a child is enrolled, a family plan will be developed and services will begin. If the child is not eligible for ECI, staff will refer you to other resources.

What if my child is age 3 or older?

Services are available for children and young adults with a disability (ages 3 to 21) through your local school district or LifePath Systems.

What is LifePath Systems?

LifePath Systems provides a wide range of services to individuals of all ages and their families.  Our mission is to build stronger communities, person by person.

In all of our programs we adhere to the following Quality Services principles:

  • All persons seeking services will receive individualized supports based on their unique needs and strengths;
  • Assisting and educating families and friends helps build a natural support network for each person;
  • Partnerships with employers, schools, law enforcement, other providers and community leaders   improve our effectiveness and efficiency; and
  • We must work continuously to eliminate any stigma associated with seeking services.

At LifePath Systems, we have a fully qualified and highly trained staff who are able to provide comprehensive care in the areas of:

Therapy     Rehabilitation     Housing     Employment
Respite     Psychiatric care     Counseling     Case management

We work with many insurers, state funding agencies, Medicaid, and other sources of funds.  Whenever possible, LifePath offers services based on a sliding fee scale.