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.
- SICC meetings are held in person at DIDD's Middle TN Regional Office. More meeting information can be found on our events page.
- ASL interpreters will be available at each meeting
- 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 pm 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.
SICC 2023 Meeting Dates
|Rebecca Aslinger||Parent Representative/Chair||East|
|Jessica Beaver||EIRA Representative||West|
|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|
|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
This newly formed council will be responsible for strengthening the relationship between TEIS and the EIRA community. Stakeholders from across the state will meet quarterly to formulate new ideas that will positively impact EIRAs, children, and families. This council was created by DIDD to provide an open line of communication and feedback between the state and external stakeholders.
2023 Meeting Dates
- February 14, 2023
- May 9, 2023
- August 8, 2023
- November 14, 2023
|Rachel Pace||Greater Nashville|
|Jen Choate, Co-Chair||South Central|
|LaTonya Mott, Co-Chair||Upper Cumberland|
|Rosario Langlois||Greater Nashville|
|Teresa Winnette||South Central|
|Shelly Crais||Memphis Delta|
Vendor Advisory Council
This newly formed council will be responsible for strengthening the relationship between TEIS and the vendor community. Stakeholders from across the state will meet quarterly to formulate new ideas that will positively impact vendors, children, and families. This council was created by DIDD to provide an open line of communication and feedback between the state and external stakeholders.
2023 Meetings Dates
- January 12, 2023
- April 13, 2023
- July 13, 2023
- October 12, 2023
|Kristen Garner, Chair||Middle|
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.