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INTERAGENCY COUNCILS. In 1993 Texas had three interagency councils. The Interagency Council on Early Childhood Intervention established in 1981, provides free services to Texas children under age three who are slow in learning to sit up, walk, talk, or understand speech. Families of all income levels are eligible for service. Any child with a suspected developmental problem may be referred to a community provider for eligibility screening. Services include physical, occupational, and speech therapy, cognitive and self-help-skills training, and social activities. Also provided are counseling and training for parents. About 25 percent of providers are local school districts or education service centers, another 25 percent are private, nonprofit organizations, and the rest are connected to state schools or mental health and retardation centers. It was estimated that over 13,000 children received help in 1992. The council is composed of five appointed and unpaid members, four of whom are named by the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, the Texas Department of Human Services, the Texas Department of Health, and the Texas Education Agency. The governor appoints one member, with the consent of the Senate, who must be a parent of a child with a disability. All terms are two years long. The staff at the four agencies administers the program, monitors use of funds, and arranges technical training and assistance for local health-care providers. In 1991 the council was one of eleven agencies placed under the oversight of the newly established Health and Human Resources Commission. Appropriations were just over $25 million for 1992 and 1993. The agency had forty-one employees in 1991.

The Interagency Council on Sex Offender Treatment was established in 1983 to coordinate the efforts of ten agencies that deal with sex offenders. Its main function is to identify, evaluate, and encourage treatment of sex offenders in order to enhance public safety. The council identifies appropriate therapies, establishes criteria for treatment, evaluates programs, and distributes information and funds for treatment programs. Members of a council of fourteen members, three appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate, serve six-year overlapping terms. Eleven members are heads of or representatives of Texas state agencies in human services, criminal justice, and health. The 1992 and 1993 appropriations were $64,900 for each year. In 1991 the agency had two employees.

The Interagency Council on Mentally Retarded, Developmentally Disabled, and Mentally Ill offenders was established in 1987 to work in the criminal-justice system. The name was later changed to Texas Council on Offenders with Mental Impairments. Of this twenty-eight-member board, nine are appointed by the governor with the consent of the Senate, and the others are executive heads of various Texas agencies. In 1991 and 1992 the appropriations for each year were just over $350,000, and the agency had three employees.

John G. Johnson

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