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.
Holly Sanchez, Chair
Pattie Rosenlund, Program Director, Chair-Elect
HHSC Medicaid Representative
Richard Adams, M.D.
Emily Ocker Dean
Personnel Preparation Representative
Alferma Giles, Ph.D.
Head Start Representative
Laura Logan Kender, Program Director
Katherine (Kathy) Lee
Manda Lee-Waldrep Hall, M.D.
Karen Leigh Meyer
Jeanne Stamp, LCSW, LMFT, LCDC, ACSW, Project Director
Homeless Youth Representative
Lynn Davis Sullivan
Benna Hull Timperlake
Texas Workforce Commission
Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Agency Representative
State Legislative Representative
The Committee is required to meet quarterly. The following dates have been set for fiscal year 2020:
- April 8, 2020
- August 5, 2020
Most meetings are held in Austin.
For More Information
Contact us at Gabriella.Lopez01@hhsc.state.tx.us.