Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Department of Health, Early Childhood Intervention Program:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1979-1987



Overview

Creator: Texas. Early Childhood Intervention Program.
Title: Records
Dates: 1979-1987
Abstract: Materials present in these records include minutes of the Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention and the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee; hearing files, transcripts, and legislation drafted by the Joint Interim Study Committee; grant applications and reviews; correspondence and memoranda; reports; press releases; speeches; and routine administrative files. Dates covered are 1979-1987.
Quantity: 6 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Early Childhood Intervention Program came into being as a result of the studies and recommendations of the Joint Interim Study Committee on Early Childhood Intervention (created by the 66th Legislature in 1979, Senate Concurrent Resolution 96). This Committee was charged with making a comprehensive study of existing intervention programs and services available for children ages 0-3 years, and to examine the idea of implementing a comprehensive state program for early intervention services. The Committee reviewed existing programs, conducted hearings and heard testimony, and prepared legislation which incorporated the Committee's recommendations for submission to the 67th Legislature. Their recommendations were to support and expand existing intervention programs--The Crippled Children's Program (Department of Health), infant stimulation program (Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation), and Regional Day Schools for the Deaf (Texas Education Agency); establish a statewide delivery system of direct services for medical and developmental needs; and coordinate services and develop an infant program which could serve all disabilities.

The legislation drafted by the Committee was passed by the 67th Legislature in 1981 (Senate Bill 630), creating the Early Childhood Intervention Program. This Program is operated through the Department of Health and is charged with identifying and providing needed intervention services to children who have or are at risk of having developmental delays, from ages 0-3 years or until the child is eligible for special education programs for the handicapped.

The legislation also called for the creation of an Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention. This Council provides the needed coordination of state agencies which supply intervention services toward a statewide program. It serves as the interagency policy making body to administer the ECI Program. The Council is composed of one member each from the Department of Health, the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the Department of Human Resources (now Human Services), and the Central Education Agency. These members are chosen by their respective agency commissioners. One lay member is appointed by the Governor. The Council's responsibilities are to develop a state plan for intervention services, prepare written recommendations for carrying out the mandates of the legislation, and review grant applications from providers wishing to supply intervention services. The Council established the Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Intervention (composed of an unlimited number of parents, professionals, and advocacy group members) to support and advise the Council, to receive input from the state agencies offering intervention services, and to work toward the goal of a statewide program.

The ECI Program is operated by the Department of Health, Bureau of Crippled Children's Services. It provides intervention services to eligible children who cannot be placed in other programs. Specific duties of the program are to develop and implement a statewide strategy for early identification of children at risk; conduct a one-time series of regional training workshops; promote public awareness on the importance of prenatal care, on the early detection of developmental delay, and on the availability of state resources; and allocate funds to providers for the provision of intervention services.

Intervention services are contracted out to public and private providers. Those entities wishing to provide intervention services apply for grant funding through the ECI Program. Grant applications are reviewed and decided upon by the Interagency Council. Once grants are awarded, a contract is drawn up between the provider and the Department of Health. Program guidelines are developed by the Department of Health (TDH), and periodic evaluations of the provider are conducted to ensure compliance with the guidelines. Once cases are identified, the TDH provides parental counseling, conducts follow-up procedures, provides case management services, and monitors the overall progress of the child.


Scope and Contents of the Records

Materials present in these records include minutes of the Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention and the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee; hearing files, transcripts, and legislation drafted by the Joint Interim Study Committee; grant applications and reviews; correspondence and memoranda; reports; press releases; speeches; and routine administrative files. Dates covered are 1979-1987. These records document the work of the Joint Interim Study Committee, the establishment of the Early Childhood Intervention Program, the activities of the Interagency Council and the ECI Advisory Committee, and the general operations of the ECI Program within the Texas Department of Health.

To prepare this preliminary inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into four series:
Meeting files, 1981-1987, 1 cubic ft.
  • Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, 1981-1987, 0.5 cubic ft.
  • Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention, 1981-1987, 0.5 cubic ft.
Joint Interim Study Committee on Early Childhood Intervention, 1979-1980, 1 cubic ft.
Grant files, 1981-1982, 2 cubic ft.
General program files, 1981-1983, 2 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas Interagency Council on Childhood Intervention.
Texas. Joint Interim Study Committee on Early Childhood Intervention.
Texas Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Intervention.
Subjects:
Developmentally disabled children--Services for.
Handicapped children--Services for.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Developmentally disabled children--1979-1987.
Correspondence--Texas--Developmentally disabled children--1979-1987.
Transcripts--Texas--Developmentally disabled children--1979-1987.
Bills (legislative)--Texas--Developmentally disabled children--1979-1987.
Reports--Texas--Developmentally disabled children--1979-1987.
Speeches--Texas--Developmentally disabled children--1979-1987.
Press releases--Texas--Developmentally disabled children--1979-1987.
Functions:
Assisting developmentally disabled children.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Department of Health, Early Childhood Intervention Program, Meeting files, 1981-1989 (bulk 1988-1989), 2 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Health, Early Childhood Intervention Program, Administrative records, 1981-1987, 42 cubic ft.
Texas Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention, Records, 1987-1996, 12.52 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records, Early Childhood Intervention Program, Texas Department of Health. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1990/078, 1990/085

These records were transferred from the Texas Department of Health (via the Records Management Division of the State Library) to the State Archives on January 23, 1990; and from the Texas Department of Health directly to the Archives on February 20, 1990.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, June 1990


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Meeting files, 1981-1987,
1 cubic ft.

These are the minutes of the Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention and of the ECI Advisory Committee. Dates covered are 1981-1987. Some of the files in the mid to late 1980s also contain correspondence and memoranda, reports, and meeting agenda.
Organization of the Records
These records are organized into two sub-series:
Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, 1981-1987, 0.5 cubic ft.
Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention, 1981-1987, 0.5 cubic ft.
Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, 1981-1987,
0.5 cubic ft.
These are minutes of the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, dating 1981-1987. Some of the files in the mid to late 1980s also contain correspondence and memoranda, reports, and meeting agenda.
Arrangement
The records are arranged in reverse chronological order.
Box Folder
1990/085-1 1. Advisory Committee file packet, 12/10/87
2. Advisory Committee meeting, file copy, Sept. 16, 1987
3. Advisory Committee file packet, 4/23-24/87
4. Advisory Committee, file copy, 10/8/86
5. Correspondence, Advisory members, FY 86
6. Advisory Committee minutes, 1981-1985
Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention, 1981-1987,
0.5 cubic ft.
These are minutes of the Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention, dating 1981-1987. Some of the files in the mid to late 1980s also contain correspondence and memoranda, reports, and meeting agenda.
Arrangement
The records are arranged in reverse chronological order.
Box Folder
1990/085-1 7. Council meeting, file copy, 9/14/87
8. Council meeting, file copy, August 4, 1987
9. Council meeting, file copy, June 17, 1987
10. Council meeting, file packet, March 25, 1987
11. Council meeting, file copy, March 5, 1987
12. Council meeting, file packet, 5-21-87
13. ECI Retreat, file packet, November 9-10, 1987
14. Council Meeting, file copy, January 23, 1987
15. Council Meeting, file packet, January 15, 1987
16. Council Meeting, file packet, November 18, 1986
17. Council Meeting, file packet, October 27, 1986
18. ECI Council Meeting, file packet, 10/3/86
19. ECI Retreat, file packet, 9/18-19/86
20. Council minutes, FY 1986
21. Council minutes, FY 1985
22. Council minutes, 1984
23. Council minutes, 1983
24. Council minutes, 1982
25. Council minutes, 1981



 

Joint Interim Study Committee on Early Childhood Intervention, 1979-1980,
1 cubic ft.

Materials present in this series consist of testimony given before the Joint Interim Study Committee on Early Childhood Intervention in 1980; transcripts of Committee meetings and public hearings; materials gathered for reference and research purposes--reports, summations of existing programs at state/local/regional levels, etc.; correspondence and memoranda; recommendations of the Committee; copies of the legislation creating the Committee; and drafts of legislation prepared by the Committee. Dates covered are 1979-1980.
The Joint Interim Study Committee on Early Childhood Intervention was created to study existing programs and make recommendations regarding the state's involvement in early childhood intervention programs for those children at risk of medical and developmental delays. This series documents the Joint Committee's actions towards these goals. The Joint Committee gathered materials from and evaluated existing intervention programs at the state, regional, and local levels; heard testimony and evidence from state agencies, physicians, advocates, and others; and drafted legislation for the 67th Legislature to consider, incorporating the Committee's recommendations for a comprehensive state program to provide early childhood intervention services.
Arrangement
Files are arranged by the type of material.
Box Folder
1990/078-1 1. Committee Testimony, January 8, 1980
2. Committee Testimony, February 15, 1980
3. Hearing, Houston, February 29, 1980
4. Public Hearing, Dallas, March 3, 1980
5. Public Hearing, Fort Worth, March 14, 1980
6. Hearing, Corpus Christi, March 28, 1980
7. Hearing, Austin, May 5, 1980
8. Summary of Testimony, 1980
9. Model Programs, other than from hearings
10. Committee membership, budget, etc.
11. Correspondence - out
12. Correspondence from advocates (general)
13. Miscellaneous notes, etc. [includes surveys, reports, and drafts of legislation]
14. Senate Bill 1224, 66th Leg., 1979
15. Senate Concurrent Resolution (66th Leg.), 1979
16. State Agencies Program Research



 

Grant files, 1981-1982,
2 cubic ft.

These are the files of the various entities providing intervention services through the Early Childhood Intervention Program when the program was initiated, 1981-1982. Providers wishing to offer services applied to the Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention for grant funding. The Council's Grants Committee reviewed the applications, which were then voted on by the Council. This series contains some statistical information regarding the number of applicants, those approved and rejected, reviews of grants, and individual files on the providers offering services. These individual files contain the grant application (applicant profile, budget information, applicant resources, etc.), grant evaluation forms (contains the recommendation of the Grant Review Committee and final Council action), contracts, financial status reports, monitoring reports, correspondence, and a summary report prepared by the provider covering the period March 1 - August 31, 1982.
Arrangement
Files are arranged as received, most are arranged topically.
Box Folder
1990/078-2 1-2. Grant reviews, 1982
3. ECI grants, approval letters
4. Analysis of ECI grant awards, FY 82
5. Programs Approved Funding, 1981-82
6. Grant Review Committee's recommendations for approvals and denials
7. ECI Grants, request for requisition
8-9. Abilene Regional Center for MHMR, 1981-82
10-11. Amarillo State Center for Human Development, 1981-82
12-13. Austin State School, 1981-82
14-15. Bexar County MHMR Center, 1981-82
16-17. Brazos Valley MHMR Center, 1981-82
18-19. Capitol Area Rehabilitation Center, 1981-82
20-21. Central Plains MHMR Center, 1981-82
22-23. Central Counties Center for MHMR Services, 1981-82
24-25. Central Texas MHMR Center, 1981-82
26-27. Cerebral Palsy Development Disabilities Treatment Center, 1981-82
28-29. Child Study Center, 1981-82
30-31. Dallas County MHMR Center, 1981-82
32-33. Dallas Independent School District, 1981-82
34-35. DEBT, Lubbock Independent School District, 1981-82
36-37. Deep East Texas Regional MHMR Services, 1981-82
38-39. Denton State School, 1981-82
40-41. Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center, 1981-82
42-43. Edgewood Independent School District, 1981-82
Box Folder
1990/078-3 1-2. El Paso Center for MHMR Services, 1981-82
3-4. El Paso Rehabilitation Center, 1981-82
5-6. Fort Worth State School, 1981-82
7-8. Garland Independent School District, 1981-82
9-10. Gulf Coast Regional MHMR Center for Children's Services, 1981-82
11-12. Heart of Texas MHMR Center, 1981-82
13-14. Helping Hand Development Center, 1981-82
15-16. Hunt County Opportunity Center, 1981-82
17-18. Infant Parent Training Program (Austin-Travis County MHMR), 1981-82
19-20. Klien Independent School District, 1981-82
21-22. MHMR Authority of Harris County, 1981-82
23-24. MHMR Regional Center of East Texas, 1981-82
25-26. MHMR Services at Texoma, 1981-82
27-28. New Caney Independent School District, 1981-82
29-30. Northeast Texas MHMR Center, 1981-82
31-32. Nueces County MHMR Center, 1981-82
33-34. Parent Education Early Intervention Program, Kenwood Community Council, 1981-82
35-36. Pecan Valley MHMR Region, 1981-82
37-38. Permian Basin Community Centers for MHMR, 1981-82
39-40. Region III Education Service Center, 1981-82
41-42. Region VII Education Service Center, 1981-82
43-44. Region XVI Education Service Center, 1981-82
45-46. Region XIX Education Service Center, 1981-82
47-48. Sabine Valley MHMR Center, 1981-82
49-50. South Collin County Infant Program, 1981-82
51-52. South Texas Children's Habilitation Center, 1981-82



 

General program files, 1981-1983,
2 cubic ft.

This series consists of largely of correspondence and administrative files of the Early Childhood Intervention Program . Types of materials present include general correspondence and memoranda to/from Interagency Council members, ECI Program staff, providers, and others; files with agencies and organizations (state agencies, advocacy groups, etc.), mostly correspondence and contracts; reports; speeches; legislation; press releases; and routine administrative files.
Arrangement
The files are arranged in the order received.
Box Folder
1990/078-4 1. University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Project LAUNCH
2. West Texas Rehabilitation Center, FY 82-83
3. Director of Programs, TDH position on this
4. ECI Coordinator Task Statement
5. High Risk Criteria - letters requesting information
6. General correspondence, 1-1-83 to 4-30-83
7. General correspondence, 5-1-83 to 8-31-83
8. Old correspondence, 6-15-81 to 12-31-81
9. Old correspondence, 1-1-82 to 6-30-82
10. Old correspondence, 7-1-82 to 12-31-82
11. Correspondence, Liz Shelby, 4/83
12. Correspondence, Joene Grisson, 4/83
13. LBB Legislative correspondence
14. Bill summary, HCR (House Concurrent Resolution) 68
15. Bill summary, HCR 69
16. Governor's Long-range Planning Hearings
17. ASTHO Foundation (Association of State and Territorial Health Organizations), 1982-83
18. Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, FY 81
19. Interpretive Guidelines Workshop, 12/09/82
20. Correspondence logs and diskette, 1981-83
21. Press Releases, 1981-83
22. Parent Involvement
23. Visually Handicapped Coordination
24. Staff requests - interagency
25. Memorandums - agency and interagency, 1981-83
26. Memorandums - ECI Office, 1/83 - 12/83
27. Memorandums - ECI Office, 9/1/82 - 12/31/82
28. Memorandums - ECI Office, 6/81 - 8/82
Box Folder
1990/078-5 1. MHMR Interagency Cooperation Contract
2. Mental Health/Mental Retardation, 1982-83
3. Developmental Disabilities
4. Texas Developmental Disabilities Program, RFP, 1981
5. ECI Council of Metropolitan Dallas - Minutes - Members
6. Attendance at ECI Training/Research Conference, 8/4-5/82
7. ECI Research Conference, Aug. 2-3, 1982
8. Respite Care Coalition
9. Technical Assessment, FY 85
10. MHMR Facilities
11. Waiting List
12. Internal audits, TDH
13. ECI Organizational Chart
14. LBAT - Senate Bill 118, House Bill 360
15. ECI Program, inquiries about funding
16. Forms sent to Senators and Representatives on new programs in their districts
17. Programs wishing to provide assistance
18. Legal questions
19. Southwest Educational Development Laboratory Contract
20. Board of Health - members
21. Tracking forms
22. Tracking and referral
23. Forms to be completed by funded programs
24. Final Report [format for], 3/01/82 - 8/31/82
25. Association for Retarded Citizens, FY 82
26. Austin Coalition
27. Joint Committee on Autism, 1982
28. SIMS Report, 1982
29. Speeches, 1982
30. SSI (Supplemental Security Income) Meetings
31. ECI Summary Report, September 1981 - August 1982
32. Supplanting funds, December 1982
33. Statistics, March 1 - August 31, 1982
34. SSI Comments, 1982
35. SSI-DCP (Supplemental Security Income - Disabled Children's Program), 1982
36. Survey Needs Assessments
37. Texas Education Agency, 1982-83
38. Texas Pediatric Society
39. U.T. Health Science Center - at Dallas