Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) is
Georgia’s early intervention program which serves children who have
significant developmental delays or children who may be at risk for
delays due to a diagnosed medical condition. The program provides
services to children, ages birth to 3, and their families. It provides
evaluation to determine eligibility and service coordination at no
charge to families. Some additional services may require payment;
however, BCW has financial resources to assist, if necessary.
Eligibility for the program is not based on income.
receipt of referral, contact is made with the family to arrange for the
evaluation to determine eligibility. The child is evaluated by the
Babies Can’t Wait multi-disciplinary team. If the child is determined
ineligible, appropriate referrals are made to other community programs.
If the child is determined eligible, an ongoing family service
coordinator is chosen, and an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
is developed. This plan is used to identify goals, strategies, and
services that will enhance and promote the child’s development.
When the child turns 3, this program implements a smooth transition to special services in the public schools.
Children’s Medical Services (CMS):
For more information call:
229-245-4310 or 1-800-848-5728
state funded program that provides medical care for disabling
conditions or chronic diseases in children from birth to the age 21. The staff of three RN’s work actively with primary care physicians to coordinate specialty care for the child.
through CMS may include family education, social services and case
management. They also hold clinics for children in Cardiology,
Orthopedic, Hematology, Asthma and telemedicine clinics in Genetics,
Nephrology and Pulmonary.
They have an Asthma
Educator.. Enrolled clients have an asthma action plan which includes
education, equipment, bed covers and camp for kids 6-12 years old. There
is a camp in Tifton and one in Valdosta.
may make a basic referral to CMS, however to be seen by a specialist the
referral should come from the client’s primary care physician.
CMS staff actively works with primary care physicians to coordinate
specialty care for the child, including case management and asthma
education. CMS employs registered nurses who have special training in
pediatrics and contracts with nutritionist and speech, occupational, and
physical therapists who work with children.
for CMS is based on income, type of medical condition and the age of
the child (0-21). Medicaid and SSI recipients are eligible. Families
with or without insurance are also eligible, but may be required to
defray some cost depending on their income. Physicians, healthcare
providers, school staff, public health departments, social workers, or
parents may refer children to CMS.
Once the referral
is received, CMS staff will contact the family. After completion of an
application, the child will be enrolled in the specialty services
necessary for his/her situation. Some children are followed by local
physicians with treatment coordinated by the nurse case managers of CMS.
Other children may be enrolled in specialty services provided by
physicians who come to Valdosta from the Medical College of Georgia. The
nurse case manager ensures that follow-up care is provided.