DCYF is Accepting Applications for the State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) and its Sub-Committees
The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is recruiting members for the State Interagency Coordinating Council (SICC) and its Sub-Committees. It is accepting applications from qualified and interested individuals.
- Service Delivery Committee
The purpose of this new committee is to engage experienced early intervention providers representing multiple disciplines to make recommendations regarding areas of service delivery that require statewide consistency. Members will be tasked with developing research-based
recommendations to the SICC regarding practice guides, levels of service, caseloads, and best practice regarding service delivery models for ESIT.
- About the Data Committee
The Data Committee reviews the Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) program data and reports for trends, including reports related to ESIT’s Statewide Improvement Plan (SSIP) and provides recommendations to the SICC for multi-agency approaches to improve service and data outcomes.
- About the Finance Committee
The objective of the Finance Committee is to maintain a sustainable system for early intervention that supports streamlined, equitable statewide funding of services for infants, toddlers, and their families and promotes best practice in early intervention. The Finance Committee reviews issues related to funding, including annual budget, funding formulas, funding allocation, and accessing funding sources. The Finance Committee reports findings and makes recommendations to the SICC.
- About the Personnel and Training Committee
The current purpose of this committee is to assist the Workforce Development Team on the DCYF/ESIT Statewide Leadership Team in the development and implementation of the state’s Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD.) This includes creating activities and strategies in the areas of pre-service, in-service, personnel standards, retention and recruitment, leadership and an evaluation plan to access the effectiveness of the overall system. Click the link to go to the Early Childhood Personnel Center (ECPC), who will be providing the WA SLT national technical assistance for this project: www.ecpcta.org.
- About the Public Policy Committee
The Public Policy Committee promotes coordination and education strategies related to legislation and makes recommendations to the SICC. This committee updates the SICC of legislative activities that focus on early intervention, early learning and family support needs. The Public Policy Committee will advise or assist other agencies with the transition to Part B. This committee will partner with the Parent Institute for Engagement (PIE) to ensure the parent perspective and voice is captured.
Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT) is committed to ensuring diverse representation on its committees, including geographic diversity. The committee is currently recruiting individuals with the following specific experience or role:
- Early intervention provider agency staff, including:
- Family Resource Coordinator
- Western Washington Representation
- Speech Language Pathologists
- Medical Representative (Medical Doctor, Nurse, etc.)
- Parent/PIE Representative
Members commit to a 2-hour virtual meeting once per month, with in-person meetings up to once a year. The length of term follows the term of the SICC member. Non-SICC members serve a one-year term with the option of a two-year extension. Committee members are expected to:
- Attend all meetings (or notify committee chair if unable to attend)
- Advise and assist the committee in meeting committee objectives
- Review materials and resources prior to meetings
- Share information and knowledge on committee topics
- Support the committee in reaching their goals (accessing and distributing resources)
Committee members are eligible for mileage reimbursements to help support participation. Mileage will be reimbursed at current state travel reimbursement rates and in accordance with the State of Washington Office of Financial Management Travel Regulations.
If you are interested, please apply by completing this survey by Sept. 30, 2021. Selected candidates will be notified by Oct. 22, 2021.
Questions? Email Will Moncrease, Jr., ESIT Partnership & Collaboration Manager
The mission of the SICC is to coordinate and foster development of a comprehensive statewide system of accessible local early intervention services for children birth to age 3 who have disabilities or are at risk for developing disabilities and their families, and to coordinate transition of these children into programs for 3- to 6-year-olds.
SICC promotes and supports family involvement and family-centered services.
The statewide early intervention system and services will be:
- collaborative and community-based
- consistent and accessible to families and children statewide
- high quality, efficient, timely, and maintain flexibility and manageability.
In order to carry out this mission, SICC advises and assists DCYF and other state agencies on the broad range of early intervention policy and coordination issues and advocates for early intervention services.
Purpose & Role
To assist DCYF and other participating agencies in implementing a collaborative and comprehensive statewide system of early intervention services for infants and toddlers who have disabilities and their families.
- Identifying sources of fiscal and other support for services for the early intervention programs.
- Assigning financial responsibilities to the appropriate agency.
- Promoting interagency agreements.
- Providing appropriate services for children birth through age 2.
- Seeking information from service providers, service coordinators, parents, and others about any federal, state, or local policies that impede timely service delivery.
- Taking steps to ensure that any policy problems are resolved.
- Achieving the full participation, coordination, and cooperation of all appropriate public agencies in the state.
- Resolving disputes, to the extent appropriate.
- Working with County Interagency Coordinating Councils (CICCs) to coordinate and enhance existing early intervention services and assisting communities to meet the needs of infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.
- Preparing applications for federal grants under IDEA, Part C.
- Preparing budgets as necessary to carry out SICC's functions.
- Providing advice and assistance to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) regarding the transition of toddlers with disabilities into services provided by that agency.
- Preparing reports to the Governor and federal officials as required by federal and state laws.