State Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) on Early Intervention Overview

The ICC Provides Advice & Assistance to the Department of Developmental Services

Members of the ICC are appointed by the Governor. The council is comprised of parents of children with disabilities, early intervention service providers, health care professionals, state agency representatives, and others interested in early intervention.

The ICC meets four times a year and encourages a family-centered approach, family-professional partnerships, and interagency collaboration, while providing a forum for public input.

Interagency Coordinating Council On Early Intervention (ICC)

ICC Mission Statement

The mission of the ICC is to promote and enhance a coordinated family service system for infants and toddlers, ages birth to three years, who have, or are at risk for having, a disability, and their families, utilizing and encouraging a family-centered approach, family-professional partnerships, and interagency collaboration.

The History of the ICC

California has a long history of providing early intervention services to infants and toddlers, ages birth to three years, and their families.  In the 1960s and 1970s, special education services for infants and toddlers were provided in public schools and funded through various local, state, and federal sources.  With the advent of the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (Lanterman Act) in 1969, California demonstrated its support of young children with prevention and early intervention services for infants with developmental disabilities through the regional center system.  This was a huge effort and viewed as a major investment in California’s children.

In 1988, the first ICC convened to provide advice and assistance to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) regarding implementation of a coordinated early intervention system in California.  In 1993, after five years of state and local planning activities in preparation for full implementation of Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Governor signed the California Early Intervention Services Act (CEISA: Title 14, Government Code section 95000 et seq.)  CEISA established state authority to enhance California’s early intervention service system to meet the new federal requirements under Part C.  CEISA assigned DDS as lead agency in collaboration with California Department of Education (CDE).  Other collaborative partners involved in the ICC include Department of Social Services (DSS), Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), and First 5 California.

Although the early intervention landscape has changed over the years in California, the ICC has continued to follow, advise, and assist DDS on the state of the early intervention community.

The changes have included amendments to CEISA that brought the addition of provision of family support services by Early Start Family Resource Centers (FRC).  FRCs provide services such as parent-to-parent support, information dissemination and referral, public awareness, family-professional collaboration activities, and transition for families.  CEISA also clarified state coordination and collaboration with families and communities, service coordinator competencies and caseload size, evaluation and assessment, parent rights, referral to local FRCs and monitoring efforts.  Lastly, CEISA was amended to clarify that the Part C program is based on existing systems and how regional centers must comply with the Lanterman Act.  This includes regulations related to vendorization and rate setting as long as the application of state law does not conflict with early intervention statutes.

ICC Bylaws

State Interagency Coordinating Council Bylaws PDF

ICC Handbook – Coming Soon

Get Involved with the ICC

For information on public involvement with the ICC, please view the flyers below.

ICC Placemats

Available in: English | Arabic | Chinese | Hmong | Korean | Russian | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese PDFNEW

ICC Public Comment

Available in: English | Arabic | Chinese | Hmong | Korean | Russian | Spanish | Tagalog | Vietnamese PDFNEW

ICC Member and Community Representative Applications

The Department of Developmental Services is soliciting applications for appointment to the California Interagency Coordinating Council (ICC) on Early Intervention and as community representatives to the ICC. ICC members are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor. Community representatives are approved by the ICC Chair.

ICC Appointed Member Application Process:

  • Review the ICC Roles & Responsibilities at:

    ICC Member Roles & Responsibilities PDF

  • Apply for ICC Appointed Membership on-line at:

    Governor Application Form (Source: Office of the Governor)

  • Indicate “Interagency Coordinating Council, State” as the position sought (Item #3 on electronic application).
  • You may explain your answers to particular questions on the appointments application by use of attachments. The attachments should be numbered according to the question asked on the application. You may submit these attachments with your completed application authorization form and resume.
  • After completing the on-line appointments application, you must hit Submit. If you do not hit Submit, your application for appointment will not be captured by the Governor’s appointments system.
Print, sign and date the authorization form (last page of appointment application) and mail or fax it to the Governor’s appointments office:
Governor Gavin Newsom Attn: Appointments Secretary State Capitol Building Sacramento, CA 95814 (Fax): 916-558-3160
  • DO NOT mail or fax a full copy of your completed appointments application to the Governor’s office.
Please provide a full copy of your completed appointments application and related attachments and resume to the Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention by mailing a copy of it to:
Department of Developmental Services Attention: ICC on Early Intervention 1215 O Street (MS 7-40) Sacramento, CA 95814

ICC Community Representative Applications & Process:

Community representatives provide an opportunity for statewide representation of California’s ethnic and geographical diversity on the ICC. Applicants interested in participating on the ICC as community representatives may apply by:

Mail completed application to:
Department of Developmental Services ICC 1215 O Street (MS 7-40) Sacramento, CA 95814

Please share this information with others who may also be interested. If you have any questions about ICC membership, please contact the Early Start & Operations Branch at 800-515-2229 or earlystart@dds.ca.gov.


Share  

Last modified: February 15, 2024