County Interagency Coordinating Councils (CICC) are made up of community members, family members, service providers and local agencies. ESIT ensures an operational local council through contracting with the early intervention services lead agency.
The CICC is the advisory body to the local ESIT contracted early intervention lead agency. The CICCs focus on making services easier for families to access locally and on building community capacity for early intervention services. CICC membership includes representation from the following:
- Parents and family members of children ages birth through 12 with disabilities and/or developmental delays
- Local health departments/districts
- Tribal governments (where applicable)
- Washington State Migrant Council (where applicable)
- Other minority community representatives
- School districts and educational service districts
- Higher education/personnel preparation
- Early intervention service providers
- Military (where applicable)
- Medical providers
- County Human Services
- Local DSHS representation from the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD), Community Services Office (CSO), and Children's Administration (CA)
- County or Regional Mental Health Agency
- Child care providers
- Other public and private agencies that provide services to infants and toddlers (child care providers, parks and recreation, Medicaid transportation brokers, etc.)
There are 34 CICCs that serve 39 counties. Some of the issues addressed at the local level by CICCs include:
- Working to improve the local early intervention system by identifying public and private funding sources across all relevant community partners.
- Assisting in implementing the local payer of last resort policies and procedures.
- Helping identify local gaps in services and community needs and developing strategies to improve/resolve them.
- Collaborating and coordinating with other local planning groups in improving services for children and families.
- Organizing local public awareness outreach efforts.
- Organizing and sponsoring local early intervention training for families, providers and community members interested in early intervention/early childhood issues.