The Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, which is required by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, advises the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Division for Early Childhood Intervention Services on development and implementation of policies that constitute the statewide ECI system. The governor appoints the committee members.

The federal law establishing the system of early intervention programs for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities is Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In Texas, the Part C program is Early Childhood Intervention. ECI is a division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Each state that operates a Part C program must include as a part of its program an advisory council. Part C of the IDEA calls that council the Interagency Coordinating Council. The HHSC/ECI ICC is the ECI Advisory Committee. The function of the Advisory Committee is to advise and assist HHSC/ECI in its operation of the statewide system of providing ECI services to eligible children and families in Texas. The multidisciplinary and multi-constituency representation on the Advisory Committee contributes to making it an important part of the ECI system. It is ECI’s major source of stakeholder input.

Members

Holly Sanchez, Chair
Parent
McKinney

Pattie Rosenlund, Program Director, Chair-Elect
Program Representative
McAllen

Sarah Abrahams
HHSC Medicaid Representative
Austin

Richard Adams, M.D.
Physician Representative
Dallas

Terrie Breeden
Agency Representative
Austin

John Cissik
Parent
McKinney

Emily Ocker Dean
Personnel Preparation Representative
Abilene

Alferma Giles, Ph.D.
Head Start Representative
Houston

Laura Logan Kender, Program Director
Program Representative
Fort Worth

Barbara Knighton
Parent
Spring

Katherine (Kathy) Lee
Parent
Temple

Manda Lee-Waldrep Hall, M.D.
Agency Representative
Austin

Karen Leigh Meyer
Parent
San Antonio

Kristine Mohajer
Agency Representative
Austin

Harvey Salinas
Parent
Corpus Christi

Jeanne Stamp, LCSW, LMFT, LCDC, ACSW, Project Director
Homeless Youth Representative
Austin

Lynn Davis Sullivan
Public Provider
Fort Worth

Benna Hull Timperlake
Ex Officio
Corpus Christi

Philip Warner
Texas Workforce Commission
Ex Officio
Austin

Laura Warren
Advocate Representative
Austin

Vacant
Parent Representative
Program Representative
Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Agency Representative
State Legislative Representative

Meetings

The Committee is required to meet quarterly. Most meetings are held in Austin in the Brown-Heatly Building.

For More Information

Contact us at Tammy.Miller@hhsc.state.tx.us.

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