ERIC Number: ED341221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Information and Referral in Texas: A Plan To Improve Services. Report of the Texas Information and Referral Task Force.
Texas Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention, Austin.; Texas Planning Council for Development Disabilities, Austin.; Texas Health and Human Services Coordinating Council, Austin.
This Texas plan to improve information and referral services in the area of developmental disabilities recommends an approach which focuses on providing improvements incrementally, spacing benefits over time, and periodically reassessing direction, alternatives, and costs/benefits. The plan stresses building a network which provides greater public awareness of available information and referral services; improved access to statewide and local information about services and eligibility criteria; and better coordination among local, regional, and state information providers. Five specific recommendations are made: (1) establish a partnership of business, government, and voluntary organizations to oversee plan implementation; (2) identify all existing information and referral (I&R) programs and develop, publish, and distribute a directory of these programs; (3) establish local, regional, and statewide networks of I&R programs by facilitating communication and cooperation among them; (4) promote model standards for I&R programs; and (5) develop an automated clearinghouse of information on state-provided health and human services including general eligibility requirements, available services, and application procedures. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Texas Rehabilitation Commission, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention, Austin.; Texas Planning Council for Development Disabilities, Austin.; Texas Health and Human Services Coordinating Council, Austin.