Verification of a child’s special need requires a written statement from the individual’s physician or, in the case of a mental disability or incapacity, the individual’s psychologist or psychiatrist. This statement must include the hours of care needed per day, the number of days per week, and anticipated duration of the need for care. If the child is functioning at an age level below their chronological age level, the functional age must be included in this statement and entered on the CCNEED (FMAC) screen. Example: Mary is six (6) years old and receives SSI benefits for her own disability. A statement from Mary’s psychiatrist indicates she is functioning at the level of a three (3) year old child. The ES should enter Mary’s special need on the CCNEED (FMAC) screen, along with a functional age of PS (Pre-School), as Mary functions at an age level (Pre-School) that is less than her chronological age level (School Age). If the child is functioning at an age level that is within the same age level as their chronological age, the functional age should NOT be entered on the CCNEED (FMAC) screen. Example: Billy is 19 months old and receives services through the First Steps program. A statement from Billy’s physician indicates he is functioning at the level of a seven (7) month old child. The ES should enter Billy’s special need on the CCNEED (FMAC) screen, but leave the functional age blank, as Billy is functioning at the same age level as his chronological age level (Infant). Note: The child must have a diagnosed special need certified by a physician or psychologist. A statement from a physician or psychologist stating only that the child would benefit from the socialization of being in a child care setting does not meet the criteria of a special need, as all children have a need for socialization with other children.