TEIS in Your Community

Guidelines for Premature Infants

Rules of State Board of Education, Chapter 0520-01-10 (Effective June 2013)

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.

SICC Vision

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.

2014 SICC Membership

  • Jacqueline Johnson, Chair
  • Kimbery O’Kelley Wingate, Ph.D., Vice Chair
  • Amy Ayer
  • Louise Barnes
  • Jessica Beaver
  • Dr. Deanna Bell
  • Gail Crawford
  • Janet Coscarelli
  • Lindsey Fournier
  • Assistant Commissioner Joey Hassell
  • Amy Jenkins
  • Pablo Juarez
  • Catherine Knowles
  • Karen Pryor, Ph.D., PT, DPT
  • Rachel Saine
  • Vickie Trice
  • Brad Turner
  • Wanda Willis
  • Judy Womack

SICC Meetings and Minutes

2015 Meetings:

  • Jan. 21, 2015, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST
  • March 17, 2015, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST
  • July 21, 2015, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST
  • Oct. 20, 2015, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST

All meetings, unless otherwise noted, will be held in the Sixth Floor Conference Room of Davy Crockett Building located at 500 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243.

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 to attend a meeting, please contact Jill Rigsby at Jill.Rigsby@tn.gov or (615) 532-1639 for more information.

Approved Minutes

The Tennessee Early Intervention System Early Intervention Resource Agency Quarterly meeting will be held on Monday, July 20, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. CDT at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, 331 Great Circle Rd, Nashville, TN 37228.

The Tennessee Early Intervention System Interagency Coordinating Council will meet on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT at the Holiday Inn Opryland/Airport Hotel located at 2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214.

Last Update: June 8, 2015