Family Education & Support Services helps families of children ages 3-21 years with developmental delays expected to last a lifetime by enhancing the knowledge and skills of children and their families to achieve optimal success in life. The family, in partnership with their team of professionals, choose goals to work on in an Individualized Family Service Plan. Services include:
- Helping children reach their maximum potential within their most natural environment (usually in the home or out in their community,)
- Assessing children’s and family needs and assisting them in maximizing skills, abilities and community resources to meet those needs
- Coordinating services with schools and other team members working with the child.
Who is eligible?
- Children age three up to their eighth birthday who have two or more developmental areas with a 25% or more delay, or one or more developmental area delayed by at least 50%.
- Children and adults age eight up to their twenty-first birthday who have been determined to have an intellectual disability (IQ 70 or below) by the Montana Developmental Disabilities Program.
There is usually a waitlist for Family, Education and Support Services.
How is a referral made?
For referrals in the following Southeastern Counties: Powder River, Carter, Rosebud, Treasure, Fallon, Custer, Dawson, Garfield, Prairie & Wibaux – please call Sandy Peaslee, Early Intervention Program Director at 406-234-6034.
For referrals in the following Northeast Counties: Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt, McCone & Richland – please call 406-228-9431.
Where are services provided?
DEAP provides this service in 10 counties in Southeastern Montana: Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Powder River, Prairie, Hi-Lines, Rosebud, Treasure, and Wibaux.