In Ohio, a baby who has a confirmed diagnosis of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) or Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome (NOWS) is automatically eligible for Early Intervention. Early Intervention works with families with children birth to age 3 who have NAS/NOWS so they have the best possible start in life.
If your baby has been diagnosed with NAS/NOWS, they should be referred to Early Intervention right away. You or your healthcare provider can refer your baby for EI. The process is simple.
HOW EARLY INTERVENTION CAN HELP
Early Intervention can support families with children with NAS/NOWS by:
- Helping with any concerns about your baby’s development;
- Helping your family provide the best learning environment for your baby that fits in with your family’s daily routines and activities;
- Supporting your family through the challenges many babies born with NAS/NOWS have with feeding, learning, sleeping, and playing with others; and
- Connecting you to resources for mental health, medical care, and other supports and services.