ERIC Number: ED445421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention. Sunset Staff Report, 1998.
Hawkins, John; Dorr, Barbra; Hamid, K. A.; Morris, Robert; Ninaud, Christian; Hunley, Barbara; Kinney, Susan
This report contains recommendations from the Sunset Advisory Commission for the Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) in Austin, Texas. The Commission review of ECI focused on maximizing the resources of the existing service delivery system to improve the quality of services and to provide services to more children and their families. Recommendations include: (1) modify ECI's current method of purchasing early intervention services to ensure the state receives the best value for its dollars; (2) tap additional funding sources to allow ECI services for more children; (3) ensure the council is meeting statutory objectives through a reassessment of its service delivery system; (4) strengthen accountability for public funds through improved performance monitoring; and (5) decide on continuation of the Interagency Council of Early Childhood Intervention as a separate agency after completion of Sunset reviews of all health and human services agencies. Background information is provided for each recommendation, along with the change in statute needed, management action needed, and fiscal impact. The document closes with across-the-board recommendations and a description of the history and activities of ECI. Appendices include a list of relevant federal and state statutes and services under the MCI Medicaid program. (CR)
Descriptors: Accountability, Agency Cooperation, Coordination, Delivery Systems, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Identification, Financial Support, Infants, Organizational Change, Policy Formation, Program Improvement, Toddlers
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sunset Advisory Commission, Austin, TX.