Early Intervention

Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) services offer medically necessary treatment to people under the age of 21 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or related conditions

Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention

The Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) benefit provides treatment for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related conditions. Treatment is based on proven methods, and the values, culture and preferences of the person and family.

EIDBI services help people to:

Interact with others
Learn and play
Decrease interfering or unwanted behaviors
Build independence
Participate in family, school and community life
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Early Intensive Developmental and Behavioral Intervention (EIDBI) Services may include:

A Comprehensive Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation (CMDE): An evaluation (or diagnostic assessment) to determine medical necessity and eligibility for services
EIDBI Intervention: Individual and Group therapy using behavioral and developmental treatment methods
Observation and Direction: Clinical direction and oversight from a qualified EIDBI provider to a same or lower-level EIDBI provider who is providing intervention services
Family/Caregiver Training and Counseling: Individual or Group: Education, training and support for families and caregivers
Individual Treatment Plan (ITP) Development and Progress Monitoring: Individualized plan of service, developed and updated by a Qualified Supervising Professional (QSP), that outlines the goals, objectives and services a person is recommended to receive
Coordinated Care Conference: Meeting to coordinate across service providers
Travel time: Travel to and from a location other than their typical place of service to provide face-to-face EIDBI services
Telemedicine services: Services may be provided via telemedicine. In other words, some services may be provided while the person is at an originating site and the EIDBI provider is at a distant site.

Flexible Services

EIDBI services may be provided in a center, clinic, home, office or community setting, including the school. Ask your EIDBI provider about what the specific services they offer, treatment methods provided, locations served, what healthcare plans they accept and if they have a waiting list.


A person is eligible to receive EIDBI services if they meet all of the following criteria:

Has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or a related condition
Has had a comprehensive multi-disciplinary evaluation (CMDE) that establishes their medical need for EIDBI services
Is enrolled in Medical Assistance (MA), MinnesotaCare, Minnesota Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) or other qualifying health care programs
Is under age 21

Refer to the Eligibility for EIDBI services page in the EIDBI Benefit Policy manual for more information.

Application Instructions

To qualify for the EIDBI benefit, a Comprehensive Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation (CMDE) must establish the person's medical need and eligibility for services. The evaluation includes an observation of the person, medical exam and a summary of other formal or informal standardized tests and assessment tools. The provider also gathers information and input from the person's family members and other caregivers during this process.

Intensity level is determined by the person's level of need. EIDBI does not require a MnCHOICES assessment or a waiver to access. The person does not have to exhaust other less intensive service options in order to access. In addition, EIDBI may be able to be coordinated with other services the person may also be receiving.

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