Interagency coordinating councils
State and local interagency councils help coordinate and build capacity for early intervention services.
State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC)
The mission of the State Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and their Families (SICC) is to coordinate and foster further development of a comprehensive statewide system of accessible local early intervention services for children birth to age 3 with disabilities, or at risk for developing disabilities, and their families and to coordinate transition of these children into programs for 3- to 6-year-olds.
The Council bases its action on promoting and supporting family involvement and family-centered services. The statewide system will be collaborative and community-based. The early intervention services will be consistent and accessible to families and children statewide; the services will be of high quality, efficient, timely, and maintain flexibility and manageability.
In order to carry out this mission, SICC shall advise and assist the Department of Early Learning (DEL) and other participating state agencies on the broad range of policy and coordination issues relative to this mission. The Council will provide and promote leadership and advocacy for early intervention services.
Purpose and Roles
In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part C, and as re-established by Executive Order 01-04 on July 6, 2001.
SICC's purpose is to assist DEL and other participating agencies in implementing a collaborative and comprehensive statewide system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. The Council's advice and assistance is necessary on a broad range of policy and coordination issues in the following areas:
- Identifying sources of fiscal and other support for services for the early intervention programs.
- Assigning financial responsibilities to the appropriate agency.
- Promoting interagency agreements.
- Providing appropriate services for children birth through age 2.
- Seeking information from service providers, service coordinators, parents, and others about any federal, state, or local policies that impede timely service delivery.
- Taking steps to ensure that any policy problems are resolved.
- Achieving the full participation, coordination, and cooperation of all appropriate public agencies in the state.
- Resolving disputes, to the extent appropriate.
- Working with County Interagency Coordinating Councils (CICCs) to coordinate and enhance existing early intervention services and assisting communities to meet the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
- Preparing applications for federal grants under IDEA, Part C.
- Preparing budgets as necessary to carry out the Council's functions.
- Providing advice and assistance to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding the transition of toddlers with disabilities into services provided by that agency.
- Preparing reports to the Governor and federal officials as required by federal and state laws.
Application for Gubernatorial Appointment to a Board or Commission
Meeting agendas, location, map and directions will be mailed when the site has been determined. RSVP is required for Council and FLIC members. Contact Linda Jennings at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-725-3514.
County Interagency Coordinating Councils (CICC)
County Interagency Coordinating Councils (CICC) are made up of local community members, including family members, service providers, and local agencies. ESIT ensures an operational local council through contracting with the early intervention services lead agency.
The CICC is the advisory body to the local ESIT contracted early intervention lead agency. The CICCs focus on making services easier for families to access locally and on building community capacity for early intervention services. CICC membership includes representation from the following:
- Parents and family members of children ages birth through 12 with disabilities and/or developmental delays
- Local health departments/districts
- Tribal governments (where applicable)
- Washington State Migrant Council (where applicable)
- Other minority community representatives
- School districts and educational service districts
- Higher education/personnel preparation
- Early intervention service providers
- Military (where applicable)
- Medical providers
- County Human Services
- Local DSHS representation from the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), Community Services Office (CSO), and Children's Administration (CA)
- County or Regional Mental Health Agency
- Child care providers
- Other public and private agencies that provide services to infants and toddlers (child care providers, parks and recreation, Medicaid transportation brokers, etc.)
There are 34 CICCs that cover 39 counties. Some of the issues addressed at the local level by CICCs include:
- Working to improve the local early intervention system by identifying public and private funding sources across all relevant community partners
- Assisting in implementing the local payer of last resort policies and procedures
- Helping identify local gaps in services and community needs and developing strategies to improve/resolve them
- Collaborating and coordinating with other local planning groups in improving services for children and families
- Organizing local public awareness outreach efforts
- Organizing and sponsoring local early intervention training for families, providers and community members interested in early intervention/early childhood issues