TEIS in Your Community
State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC)
The State Interagency Coordinating Council for TEIS has established a guiding vision for the role of the Council in supporting the implementation of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through a statewide, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, interagency system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families in Tennessee.
The State Interagency Coordinating Council for TEIS is committed to a Part C service system that...
- Supports, empowers, and connects families with other families, parent advocates, and the child care system in order to fully participate in the decisions made regarding their child’s special needs. Every effort will be made to increase representation and involvement of families at every level, especially from underserved communities and culturally diverse backgrounds.
- Effectively communicates the importance of early intervention and how early intervention works by creating materials that are accessible to its target audience including legislators, medical practitioners, families, child care providers, businesses, and communities.
- Consists of local interagency coordinating council members and state interagency coordinating council members who work together to reach decisions and resolve differences using information and feedback from all active members.
- Involves health care, child care, and community practitioners who will utilize standard methods of identifying and referring children with, or at risk of having, emotional, psychological, physical, developmental, or medical disabilities to the early intervention system as early as possible.
- Provides comprehensive, universally available services to families of children with special needs, including children with emotional/mental health needs, children in need of specialized therapies, and children in State custody through a variety of service options provided by a sufficient number of well-trained providers. Services will focus on the whole child in an accessible, user-friendly manner using people-first language.
- Includes providers and stakeholders at the state and local levels who participate in a comprehensive partnership to maximize outcomes for children and families. This collaboration and cooperation will result in a coordinated, flexible, accessible funding system that includes grant development, private partnerships, and resource sharing in order to maximize services, increase parent participation, and develop innovative services and delivery options.
- Prepares future professionals at all levels to serve infants and toddlers through both pre-service and in-service trainings. This will ensure that the system is able to recruit and train qualified professionals for underserved areas and train and support professionals already in the field.
- Has an effective and salient accountability structure to identify system needs and that institutes strategies to make improvements. This structure will ensure that the child and family outcome data informs the early intervention system regarding system effectiveness.
- Ned Andrew Solomon, Chair
- William Hines, Vice-Chair
- Rebecca Aslinger
- Jessica Beaver
- Katy Blasingame
- Kimberly O'Kelley Wingate, Ph.D.
- Lindsey Fournier
- Jacqueline Johnson
- Pablo Juarez
- Catherine Knowles
- Jessica Mullins
- Karen Pryor, Ph.D., PT, DPT
- Mary E. Rolando
- Rachel Saine
- Gary Smith
- Ned A. Solomon
- Vickie Trice
- Brad Turner
- Joyce Turner
- Belva Weathersby
Hon. Ferrell Haile
If you plan to attend and require accommodations, please contact Robin Crutcher at (615) 253-2589 no later than one week prior to the scheduled meeting date.
State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) Meetings are open to the public. If you would like information about attending a meeting, please contact Amy Jenkins at Amy.Jenkins@tn.gov or (615) 707-0082 for more information.
SICC 2019 Meeting Dates
The Tennessee Early Intervention System Interagency Coordinating Council will meet on:
- January 29, 2019
- April 23, 2019
- July 16, 2019
- October 22, 2019
Time: 9 a.m.-noon
EIRA 2019 Meeting Dates
The Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) Early Intervention Resource Agency (EIRA) quarterly meetings (for contracted agencies only) are scheduled as follows:
- July 15, 2019
- October 21, 2019
1–4 p.m. CT