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State Interagency Coordinating Council
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Thank you for visiting the web site of the Louisiana State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC).  The SICC is a federally and state mandated independent board that functions under the Governor’s Office of Community Programs in an advisory capacity to EarlySteps: Louisiana’s Early Intervention System

Federal legislation for infants and toddlers with special needs and their families, Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA), calls for a comprehensive system of coordinated early intervention services.  In Louisiana, this system is called EarlySteps: Louisiana’s Early Intervention System.  EarlySteps is an interagency system administered through the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH), Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. The Governor designated DHH as the Lead Agency in 2004. The Governor appoints members of the State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) to represent designated agencies and stakeholders.

Experience has shown that families with young children with special needs frequently require a range of services and supports which cannot be provided entirely by a single agency.  Intervening with coordinated health, social, and educational services during the first three years of life increases developmental and educational gains for the child, improves family function, and reduces the costs of special care later in life.

The purpose of Louisiana’s SICC is to advise and assist the Lead Agency in the performance of its responsibilities, particularly in regard to: (a) identification of the sources of fiscal and other support for early intervention services; (b) assignment of financial responsibility to the appropriate agency; and, (c) promotion of interagency agreements.  The SICC also advises and assists the Lead Agency in the preparation of applications, the transition of infants and toddlers to preschool or other appropriate services at age three, and the preparation and submission of an annual report to the Governor and to appropriate federal authorities on the Status of EarlySteps.

MISSION

To work in collaboration with the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, in an advisory capacity, to design and oversee the implementation of a family-centered, community-based, comprehensive, interagency system for infants and toddlers (birth through two years) who are eligible for EarlySteps, and their families. To advise and assist the Lead Agency in the monitoring and evaluation of this system to ensure that families are supported and the potential of each child is maximized.


I invite you to explore the information and resources available on our website, and even reach out to me directly.  I am always available to address any concerns, or answer any questions, as I am eager to help families find the early intervention resources they need.  Christie Smith

It is a pleasure to serve the SICC as your Executive Director. 

Sincerely, 

Christie Smith

Christie.Smith@la.gov



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