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Nevada Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC)

Children ages birth to three years with disabilities or developmental delays and their families need a coordinated system of service delivery to meet their unique needs and maximize their opportunities for development. Although each child may be served by a different agency, issues related to services and the challenges to providing those services can be addressed through an interconnected group of public and private agencies.
The Nevada Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) was established by Nevada's Governor in 1987 pursuant to the requirements of Public Law 99-457, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Council's primary mission is to advise and assist the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services in the development of and implementation of a statewide system of early intervention services for really young children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families.
Who is on the ICC?
The IDEA determines who is on each state's ICC. Membership includes representatives from public or private providers of early intervention services, members of state agencies involved in the provision of, or payment for, early intervention services who have sufficient authority to engage in policy making, State Department of Education personnel responsible for preschool services to children with disabilities, Head Start, State Legislators, University or college system, child care, parents, and other members selected by the Governor. The Governor appoints all members.
 
The goals of Nevada's ICC for the next two years are...
  • To advocate for young children and their families with legislature and policy makers.
  • To monitor the Part C Improvement Plan and its implementation.
  • To support increased services for Nevada's underrepresented populations.
  • To support creation of an online central resource directory for families.
How does the ICC accomplish its designated goals?
The ICC meets quarterly, sometimes by videoconference or face-to-face alternating between Reno and Las Vegas. With the support of the Part C staff, subcommittees complete much of the council's work. Topics for subcommittee work have included:
  • Early intervention services in natural environments
  • Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
  • Use of paraprofessionals in service delivery, and
  • Family support and participation
What is the parent experience on the ICC?
A Picture of the Behrens Family"My name is Nora Behrens, and my husband Scott and I are the parents of a wonderful little boy named Bryan. Bryan has cerebral palsy as well as other disabilities. Because Bryan was involved in Nevada’s Early Intervention Services I became familiar with some of the programs available to families of children with disabilities, but as a family we felt pretty isolated. When Bryan was 2 years old I participated in the Nevada Partners in Policymaking program which was an incredible introduction to the bigger network of disability services, programs, and social networks. It was then that I learned about some of the ways that parents can become involved in the programs that serve their families. In order to meet other parents of children with cerebral palsy, I started the CP Parent Network. I really enjoy being a resource for other parents and spending time with them and their children.

Another way that I have met other parents as well has been on the Interagency Coordinating Council. This position has been a great way to learn about how state-run programs operate, how the legislature and budgeting affects these programs, and how a few dedicated people can really make a difference for the families of Nevada’s children with disabilities. I have advocated for Early Intervention funding at the Nevada legislature as well as represented the interests of the ICC to the Governor’s office. These opportunities to advocate for young children with disabilities and their families as well as working with people around the state who have similar goals has been a very fulfilling experience for my family and one I would recommend to any parent." - Nora Behrens

 
How can families get involved?
There are many ways that you and your family can get involved with Early Intervention Services beyond the services and support activities specifically designed for you. When you are involved, you gain experience in communication and leadership and it helps you to get useful information and answers to questions you may have. Actively participating and interacting with others, you can choose to make a difference in the lives of many young children with special needs and their families. One voice can make a dramatic difference!
  • Partners In Policymaking
    is an innovative, competency based leadership training program for parents of young children with developmental disabilities and adults with disabilities. This site has an on-line course that has been created to give individuals some basic skills needed to make a difference through advocacy. Or for more information on Nevada Partners in Policymaking contact Family TIES.
     
  • Early Intervention Family Alliance (EIFA)
    For parents of children with disabilities serving on their Interagency Coordinating Councils or other committees and boards, a national association of family leaders dedicated to improving outcomes for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. EIFA works to assure meaningful family involvement in the development of Part C policies and their implementation at community, state and federal levels. [FREE enrollment to all families who have a child in early intervention!]
     
  • Genetic Alliance advocacy resources page: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ attributed to Gandhi
    Advocacy & Leadership Skills – Advocacy in the 21st century, requires new definitions and new focus. We dissolve boundaries to foster dialogue that includes all stakeholders: from industry professionals, researchers, healthcare providers, and public policy leaders to individuals, families, and communities. Genetic Alliance supports individuals who advocate on behalf of themselves, their families, and others living with conditions and disorders.

Below are some of the opportunities in Nevada to...

  • Provide valuable input from a parent's perspective,
  • Assist in the development of program policies, and
  • Help shape and create a better system for all children receiving Early Intervention Services!
Nevada's Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC)
ICC members include parents of children with special needs. The parents on the ICC bring their real life experience to the table and those who provide the services provide expertise on how systems work and how to accomplish the tasks of the ICC. Working together as a team makes the ICC an asset in the planning and advocacy for a statewide coordinated and comprehensive system of services and supports in early intervention.

More information may be requested by calling Nevada's Project ASSIST at 1-800-522-0066 or you can email Dan Dinnell at ddinnell@dhhs.nv.gov.

 
ICC Family Support Resource Subcommittee
Nevada's Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) established a standing "Family Support Resource Subcommittee" made up of parents of young children with special needs. They support ICC activities and help ensure the ICC responds to issues important to families, strengthen and broaden family involvement at all policy and service levels, increase ICC communication with families, provide public awareness support, and identify and support efforts to improve early intervention services and programs within communities.

More information may be requested by calling Nevada's Project ASSIST at 1-800-522-0066 or you can email Dan Dinnell at ddinnell@dhhs.nv.gov.

There are also other opportunities for participation on various subcommittees, ad hoc committees, task forces, and work groups.

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it."... John Ruskin

 
Elko, Las Vegas, and Reno Videoconference locations:
  • Las Vegas - Nevada Early Intervention Services, Southern Region - 1161 South Valley View Blvd., Conference Room
  • Reno - Nevada Early Intervention Services, Northwestern Region - 2667 Enterprise, Conference Room
  • Elko - Nevada Early Intervention Services, Northeastern Region - 1020 Ruby Vista Drive, Conference Room

Meetings usually start at 9:00 am and agendas will be posted on the Health Division's main website under Scheduled Meetings, as well as numerous public locations, or may be requested by calling Nevada's Project ASSIST at 1-800-522-0066 or you can email Dan Dinnell at ddinnell@dhhs.nv.gov.

Most current ICC Minutes available

ICC Meeting Minutes

2014

Minutes

2013

Minutes

Current ICC Members
State Legislature
Melissa Woodbury, Assemblywoman
Representative – Nevada State Legislature
Personnel Preparation
Ann Bingham, Ph.D, ICC Co-Chair
Representative - Department of Educational Specialties, UNR

Catherine Lyons, Ph.D.
Professor - UNLV College of Education, Special Education
 
Parent Representatives

Lisa Cridland
ICC Co-chair
Southern Region - Las Vegas

Janina Easley
Northeast Region - Elko

Vacant
Southern Region – Las Vegas

Aimee Hadleigh
Northern Region - Reno

Lorraine O’Leary
Southern Region - Las Vegas

Christine Riggi
Northern Region - Carson City

 
Private/Public Provider

Maynard Florence, Chief CDC3
Nellis Child Development Program

Julie Ortiz
Director
Early Intervention Services - Advanced Pediatric Therapies

Fatima Taylor
Supervisor
Nevada Early Intervention Services –Southern Region

Johnette Oman
Supervisor
Nevada Early Intervention Services – Northern Region

Michelle Canning
Developmental Specialist
Nevada Early Intervention Services – Northeast Region

 

 
State Education Agency for Preschool Services
Sherry Halley, 619 Coordinator
Representative - Nevada Department of Education
State Agency Involved in the Provision of, or Payment for Early Intervention Services
Vacant, Nevada Aging and Disability Services
 
State Medicaid Agency
Vacant, Administrator
Representative - Division of Health Care Financing and Policy
State Child Care Agency
Jack Zenteno, Chief - Child Care & Development Representative - Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services
 
State Foster Care Agency
Jan Fragale, Social Services Chief
Representative - Division of Child and Family Services
State Health Insurance Agency
Kimberly Everett, Assistant Chief
Representative - Nevada Division of Insurance
 
State Mental Health Agency
Joyce Larsen
Representative - Division of Child and Family Services
Office of the Coordinator of Education of Homeless Children
Karen Stephens, Homeless Children & Youth Education Consultant
Nevada Department of Education
 
Head Start Agency
Sherry Waugh, Director
Program - UNR Human Development & Family Studies
Advocacy
Robin Kincaid, Training Director
Representative - Nevada Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP)

Caroline Taylor, Rights Advocate
Representative - Nevada Disability Advocacy & Law Center (NDALC)

Sherry Manning, Executive Director
Representative - Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

Indian Health Services
Vacant, Native American Representative
 

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