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ERIC Number: EJ945003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Effective Partnering of State Agencies to Achieve Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Benchmarks
Corwin, Joanne
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v12 p20-23 2011
Relative to Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI), New Mexico struggles with multiple points of referral into early intervention in the same way most states do. Referrals are not systematized through a single point of entry. The Step*Hi (statewide Parent-Infant) Program of the New Mexico School for the Deaf (NMSD) receives referrals from sources such as hospitals, doctors, audiologists, Part C programs, the Department of Health, parents self-referring, and audiologists. Babies may or may not receive timely early intervention based upon the system they are moving through. Given these demographics, it is probably not surprising that the EHDI standards of screening by 1 month of age, diagnosis by 3 months, and entrance into early intervention specific to hearing loss by 6 months have not completely been met. What is surprising, amazing actually, is that, even given all of the barriers New Mexico faces, the average age of entry into early intervention is currently 11 months and continues to slowly decline. So how has New Mexico, with multiple barriers, continued to reduce the age at which children receive early intervention? New Mexico state agencies, as key stakeholders in the success of the EHDI system, do more than just "play nicely in the sandbox" together. There is a systemic commitment to decrease the number of children "lost to follow-up" and to decrease the age at which a child receives early intervention. This commitment has led to strategic interagency planning and implementation of these plans. This article describes some of the strategies that New Mexico has found to be successful.
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico