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.
Meetings for the TEIS State Interagency Coordinating Council are open to the public and do allow for public comment.
It is requested, but not required, that those who wish to speak sign up online no later than 4 pm CST the Thursday before any scheduled meeting.
Speakers can address the council on a specific item on the council agenda or any issue related to the council. The time limit for each speaker is 5 minutes. The chair, at his or her discretion, may extend the time limit in order for the speaker to answer direct questions from council members.
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 Meeting Dates
The Tennessee Early Intervention System Interagency Coordinating Council
will meet on:
April 21, 2020, 9 a.m.-noon CT
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this meeting will now be held remotely via Webex. Connection instructions are below. Click here to join the meeting or copy and paste the web address below
Enter the information below when prompted:
- Meeting number (access code): 617 554 727
- Meeting password: 7SKmMFZmp98
- Audio connection instructions will be provided once you join the meeting. To join by phone only, call (415) 655-0003
TEIS POE/ EIRA Meeting Dates
The Tennessee Early Intervention System (TEIS) Point of Entry/ Early Intervention Resource Agency (EIRA) quarterly Meetings (for contracted agencies only) are scheduled as follows:
April meetings will be regional. Agencies should attend the meeting in the region they provide services. Time is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. local time for all meetings.
• April 8: East Tennessee at Tennessee School for the Deaf (TEIS office), 2726 Island Home Blvd, Knoxville. At the request of building security, please email names of attendees to Amy.Jenkins@tn.gov by April 6.
• April 16: West Tennessee at Therapy & Learning Center, 34 Garland Dr., Jackson.
• April 22: Middle Tennessee at Tennessee School for the Blind, 115 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville. Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible and have ID available when you enter the building.