Amendment improves access to Early Intervention services

Georgetown CCF’s Say Ahhh! blog invited our Children & Families program to write a feature on Legal Council’s legislative victory that ensures children exposed to lead receive Early Intervention services. Effectively linking children with elevated [blood lead levels] to critical services, such as IDEA Part C Early Intervention (available in all 50 states), early on in their exposure…

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Illinois advocates call for lead paint abatement funding

Illinois children with lead poisoning will soon have access to critical supports and services, thanks to legislation spearheaded by Legal Council’s child health advocates. This past weekend, the Illinois General Assembly included in the budget implementation bill an amendment to the Early Intervention Services System Act that will guarantee access to Early Intervention (EI) services…

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Last week, Huffington Post featured Legal Council’s first-of-its-kind Early Intervention (EI) pilot for infants and toddlers. The pilot provides lead-exposed kids with the support they need to overcome potential learning disabilities and developmental delays before they go to school. As of right now there are only 18 states that offer automatic eligibility for EI to lead-exposed kids…

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Legal Council’s Children and Families Partnerships Director Amy Zimmerman recently published a special issue article titled “Advocating for Automatic Eligibility for Early Intervention Services for Children Exposed to Lead.” The article was co-authored with Dr. Nicole Hamp, a third-year pediatric resident at our medical-legal partnership site Comer Children’s Hospital, and Jessica Hoffen, former Legal Council…

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Georgetown CCF’s Say Ahhh! blog invited our Children & Families advocates to write a feature on our lead pilot, Early Intervention, and the effects of lead-exposure on children. Currently, no widespread interventions address the negative neurocognitive effects of lead exposure, yet the promise of early childhood services cannot be ignored. Every state participates in IDEA Part C…

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Legal Council for Health Justice, in partnership with Erikson Institute and the Early Intervention Training Program, held the first of two trainings for Early Intervention service coordinators and providers as part of the launch of our innovative pilot project “New Approaches to Childhood Lead-Poisoning: Expanding Access to Early Intervention Services.”

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In 2015, 10,322 kids in Illinois had elevated lead levels in their blood–and that’s only the kids tested. Many children don’t have access or aren’t eligible for the services necessary to help children after lead exposure. Those services are called Early Intervention. According to Dr. Nicole Hamp of the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital:…

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While we welcome the ‘John Oliver effect’ that shines a much-needed light on the issue of childhood lead poisoning, what’s repeatedly left unsaid in this and other highly-respected top-tier media outlets is the power and the value of Early Intervention (E.I.) for infants and toddlers exposed to toxic levels of lead. Below is an unpublished letter sent to The New York Times co-authored by the director of our Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children program, Amy Zimmerman, and Anita Weinberg, clinical professor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Chair, Lead Safe Illinois which highlights the importance of this federally-mandated program:

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