Recovery Act Impact: BAMSI's Early Intervention Program
"Our goal is to provide services for the families also," said Barbara Collins, Clinical Director for BAMSI's EI program. "We need them to understand because they are with their kids day in, day out."
A series of stimulus grants totaling $284K is helping this EI program help even more kids in Brockton and the surrounding towns.
"A good half of the children we see go on to never need special services," said Maureen Crossey, Director of Public Health Services for BAMSI. And, she noted, for children with more severe special needs, if they never had services, "can you imagine the costs when they get to school? And that's not even including the emotional costs to the families. There is so much money that will be lost if these kids don't get services."
Michelle Zine, the mother of 19-month old Jason, who is receiving a range of services in the EI program, agrees. "The opportunity for therapies early on in a
The program includes a social skills group that meets weekly and teaches the children how to interact and learn from each other. "The things that they do are things I would never do on my own," said Brenda Derito, whose two-year old daughter Payton who receives services at EI, has cerebral palsy.
The stimulus awards helped BAMSI's EI service 224 children and hire five additional therapists. "The stimulus money helped support our program," said Vanessa Tierney, COO of BAMSI.