Family Services

First Steps Early Intervention

Indiana's First Steps System is a family-centered, locally based coordinated system that provides early intervention services and support to infants and young children with disabilities or who are developmentally delayed. First Steps is a program of the Bureau of Child Development Services of Indiana's Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) and is administered locally by Blue River Services.

Families who are eligible to participate in Indiana's First Steps System include children, ages birth to three years who are experiencing developmental delays or have a diagnosed condition that has a high probability of resulting in a developmental delay.

Blue River serves as the System Point of Entry (SPOE) for 2 Clusters covering 26 counties in Indiana: Clark, Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Floyd, Gibson, Greene, Harrison, Knox, Martin, Orange, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Scott, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warrick, and Washington.

The SPOE serves as the single point where all children under the age of three and their families are referred to for First Steps Early Intervention services. Children are then evaluated by members of our Assessment Team comprised of Developmental Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists. For more information visit their website

Healthy Families

Part of Healthy Families Indiana and Healthy Families America, this program serves families in Crawford, Harrison and Washington counties by providing support to new parents in an effort to optimize child growth and development and support parent/child interaction. The program provides resource and referral services as well as home visitation services.

For additional information on Healthy Families, please contact Denise Griffiths, Manager of Healthy Families at (812) 738-0392 or by e-mail

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