The Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, which is required by Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, advises the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Division for Early Childhood Intervention Services on development and implementation of policies that constitute the statewide ECI system. The governor appoints the committee members.
The federal law establishing the system of early intervention programs for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities is Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. In Texas, the Part C program is Early Childhood Intervention. ECI is a division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.
Each state that operates a Part C program must include as a part of its program an advisory council. Part C of the IDEA calls that council the Interagency Coordinating Council. The HHSC/ECI ICC is the ECI Advisory Committee. The function of the Advisory Committee is to advise and assist HHSC/ECI in its operation of the statewide system of providing ECI services to eligible children and families in Texas. The multidisciplinary and multi-constituency representation on the Advisory Committee contributes to making it an important part of the ECI system. It is ECI’s major source of stakeholder input.
Chasey Sanchez, Ph.D., Chair
Catherine Carlton, Chair-Elect
Ryan David Van Ramshorst, M.D.
HHSC Medicaid/CHIP Representative
Christina Renee Sherrod, M.D.
Texas Education Agency Representative
Patricia Kay Reedy
Diana Ruiz, D.N.P.
Personnel Preparation Representative
Stephanie Shine, Ph.D.
Head Start Representative
Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) Representative
Hannah Holmes English
Cynthia (Cal) Azenneth Lopez
Texas Education for Homeless Children and Youth (TEHCY) Representative
Cynthia (Cindy) Dawn Lee
Public Provider Representative
Kristina Borenstein Otterstrom
Rachel Cerkovnik Bowden
Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) Representative
Allison Pearce Wilson
Texas Workforce Commission Representative
State Legislative Representative
The Committee is required to meet quarterly. The following dates have been set for fiscal year 2024:
- Nov. 15, 2023
- Jan. 18, 2024
- April 24, 2024
- August 28, 2024
Most meetings are held in Austin.
For More Information
Contact us at Gabriella.Lopez01@hhs.texas.gov.