Despite Mandate, Services Nixed Due To Economy
States are required to provide early intervention services to kids with developmental delays. But what happens when the state simply doesn’t have any money? In some states, like Nevada, the kids just have to go without.
Ben Johnson is one of those kids. Last fall therapists at Nevada Early Intervention Services, a state program, determined that the 2-year-old needed nine hours a week of language and behavioral therapy. But the therapists never came.
While the state acknowledges its responsibility under federal law to provide treatment, it isn’t because of severe budget woes. And there are more than 500 children in Nevada alone who, like Johnson, are on a waiting list for services, reports NPR. To read more click here.
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