Developmental and Behavior Concerns

Evaluation and services when a provider or caregiver has developmental, behavioral, or mental health concerns

Local school districts provide early intervention or special education services, free to the family, for children who are eligible. The first step to determine eligibility is an educational referral.
Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education
To see if a child (birth through 5 years) is eligible for early childhood special education services, use this referral form through Help Me Grow. The referral will be directed to the local school district based on the child's address. A referral can be made by a parent, any professional, or family members and others who have concerns about the child. The child's local school district ECSE program will follow up with the family within 7-10 days to discuss next steps, which may include a screening or evaluation.
Referral Form for Help Me Grow
To find out more about your local ECSE program directly, search the link below.

Search for local ECSE programs in Minnesota
Make sure the child's primary healthcare provider knows about the concerns and can provide a comprehensive medical evaluation:
Health Care Providers/Clinics
Health care providers can check for health conditions or refer to specialists if needed.
  • If the child already has a clinic, the next step is to schedule an appointment for a well visit or evaluation of developmental/behavioral concerns.
  • If the child is uninsured or insurance status is not known, contact the local county or tribal C&TC Coordinator for help finding a clinic.
Child and Teen Checkups
Child and Teen Checkups services are for children and young adults from birth to age 21 who receive healthcare benefits through Medical Assistance. Use this website to help answer these questions about finding a health care provider/clinic:
Specialty Care/Medical diagnosis
Developmental Behavioral Pediatricians and Psychologists
Primary care providers may wish to refer a child to a developmental-behavioral pediatrician (DBPs). DBPs “evaluate, treat and manage infants, children, and adolescents with a wide range of developmental and behavioral concerns and conditions.”
In addition to health and educational evaluation, consider referring young children (infancy-5 years) and their families to qualified mental health professionals.
Early Childhood Mental Health Providers
Early childhood mental health professionals can work with parents and families to assess and treat trauma, emotional or behavioral concerns of babies, toddlers, and young children
Parent to Parent Support Groups
Get connected with resources, information and other parents who understand what you are going through