TEIS Advisory Councils

State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC)

The State Interagency Coordinating Council for TEIS has established a guiding vision to support the department through a statewide comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in Tennessee.  This council is statutorily created and required by law.

If you would like to learn more about the SICC, read our bylaws.



One Cannon - Debbie Payne Conference Room
275 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville TN 37214


ASL interpreters will be available at each meeting.

Public Comment

SICC meetings are open to the public and allow for public comment. If you would like to speak, please sign up online, no later than 4 p.m. CST the Thursday before any scheduled meeting. 

Speakers must attend in person. Speakers are not required to sign up in advance but are limited to five minutes in front of the council. Speakers are permitted to address the council on a specific agenda item, or any issue related to the council. The chair, at his or her discretion, may extend the time limit to allow for more questioning.

Sign up to speak

2024 Meeting Dates

  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2024
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2024 


Meeting minutes can be found here.

Rebecca Aslinger Parent Representative/Chair East
Jessica Beaver EIRA Representative West
  619 Coordinator Middle
Ferrell Haile Legislative Representative West
Vickie Trice Commissioner of Commerce & Insurance or Designee Middle
Jacqueline Johnson Commissioner of Health or Designee Middle
Gwen Laaser Commissioner of Department of Human Services or Designee Middle
Melissa Binkley Commissioner of Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services or Designee Middle
Deborah Lowen Commissioner of Department of Children's Services or Designee Middle
Jolene Sharp Council on Developmental Disabilities Representative Middle
Katie Moss TennCare Long Term Services and Supports Representative Middle
Catherine Knowles Office of Coordinator of Education of Homeless Youth Middle
Kimberly Wingate Higher Education Representative East
Alacia Stainbrook Personnel Preparation Representative Middle
James Van Decar Representative of Pediatric Health & Medical Service Providers Middle
Karen Pryor Early Intervention Representative Middle
Chase Davenport Early Intervention Representative East
Lisa Manis Early Intervention Representative East
Jennifer Shultz Parent Representative Middle
Morgan Robertson Parent Representative Middle
  Parent Representative  
Andrea Hughie Parent Representative Middle
Tara Milen Head Start Program East
Jill Rogers Parent Representative West
LaTonya Mott EIRA Advisory Council Chair East
Jen Choate EIRA Advisory Council Chair Middle
Kristin Garner Vendor Advisory Council Chair Middle

Early Intervention Resource Agency (EIRA) Advisory Council

The council collaborates on issues affecting Early Intervention Resource Agencies (EIRAs), how EIRAs can better serve children and families, and ways to increase access to services and improve procedures for all children across the state. The council also serves as an open line of communication and feedback between the state and EIRAs.

2024 Meeting Dates

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024 
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024 
  • Tuesday, August 13, 2024 
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2024 


Michelle Fox (chair) West
Jane Wilson-Moses (co-chair) Middle
Jen Choate Middle
Katie McDonald Middle
Rachel Pace Middle
Shelly Crais West
Sarah Bowe West
Lydia Barry East
Lisa Manis East
Amy Houk East

Vendor Advisory Council

The council collaborates on issues affecting Therapy Vendor Providers and formulates new ideas that will positively impact therapy vendors, children, and families. The council also serves as an open line of communication and feedback between the state and Early Intervention Therapy Vendor Providers.

2024 Meetings Dates

  • January 11, 2024
  • April 4, 2024
  • July 11, 2024
  • October 3, 2024


Meeting minutes can be found here. 

Kristen Garner, Chair Middle
Krissie Self Middle
Scooter Ball East
Holly Hanna East
Kathleen Simcoe Middle
Jeanni Bonine East
Danielle Carder Middle
Ashley Painter Midle
Keshia Thomas West
Haley Vincent West
Matthew Davidson West

Refer a child to TEIS

You may make a referral to TEIS by completing our online referral form or by calling (800) 852-7157. The referral form can also be found in the MyTN app, available on your app store.


Please be prepared to provide the child’s name, date of birth, county of residence, parent information (if someone other than the parent calls), and reason for referral.