Statewide Early Intervention Coordinating Council (EICC)

The Early Intervention Coordinating Council (EICC) is a 27-member advisory council established in Section 2553 of the Public Health Law. The EICC assists the New York State Department of Health with the administration of the Early Intervention Program and makes recommendations to the Department regarding appropriate services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families.

Upcoming Meeting Dates and Locations

EICC Full Council Meetings for 2016

  • March 3, 2016
    10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    New York State Convention Center, Meeting Room 1
    Empire State Plaza
    Albany, New York
  • June 2, 2016
    10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    New York State Convention Center, Meeting Room 1
    Empire State Plaza
    Albany, New York
  • September 15, 2016
    10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    New York State Convention Center, Meeting Room 1
    Empire State Plaza
    Albany, New York
  • December 8, 2016
    10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    New York State Convention Center, Meeting Room 1
    Empire State Plaza
    Albany, New York

EICC Executive Committee Meetings for 2016

  • January 26, 2016
    10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • April 19, 2016
    10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • July 19, 2016
    10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • November 1, 2016
    10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Approximately two weeks before each EICC Full Council meeting, an announcement confirming the assigned meeting room in the NYS Convention Center is emailed to interested parties. If you would like to be added to the interested party email list, or would like more information about attending Executive Committee meetings, please contact the Bureau of Early Intervention 518-473-7016 or BEI@health.ny.gov.

EICC Membership

  • Jessica Benton
    New York State Department of Financial Services
    One Commerce Plaza
    Albany, New York 12257
    Main: 518-473-7102
    Jessica.benton@dfs.ny.gov
  • Marcelle Bichotte-Dunner
    (Parent Member)
    mbbchtt@yahoo.com
  • Marie Casalino, MD
    Assistant Commissioner
    NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Bureau of Early Intervention
    Gotham Center, CN #12
    42-09 28th Street, 18th Floor
    Queens, New York 11101-4132
    Main: 347-396-6974
    mcasali1@health.nyc.gov
  • Lisa M. Chester, B.A., M.P.A
    Early Intervention Official
    Director - Children with Special Needs
    Niagara County Department of Health
    Trott Access Center
    1001 11th Street
    Niagara Falls, New York 14301
    Main: 716-278-1991
    Lisa.Chester@niagaracounty.com
  • Amy De Vito
    (Parent Member)
    Adevito23@yahoo.com
  • Karen S. Edwards, MD, MPH
    Director
    University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
    Westchester Institute for Human Development
    Cedarwood Hall, Room 332
    20 Plaza West
    Valhalla, New York 10595
    Main: 914-493-1035
    kedwards@wihd.org
  • Judi Gerson
    Vice President, Policy & Program Services
    Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State, Inc.
    3 Cedar Street Ext., Suite 2
    Cohoes, New York 12047
    Main: 518-436-0178
    jgerson@cpofnys.org
  • Steve Held – Council Vice Chair
    Executive Director
    Just Kids Early Childhood Learning Center
    PO Box 12, Longwood Road
    Middle Island, New York 11953
    Main: 631-924-0008
    jkschool@aol.com
  • Bradley Hutton, MPH
    (Designee of the Department of Health)
    Director, Center for Community Health
    NYS Department of Health
    Tower Building, Empire State Plaza
    Albany, New York 12237
    Main: 518-473-7016
  • Talina Jones - Council Chair
    (Parent Member)
    tajeemom@aol.com
  • Paola Jordan
    (Parent Member)
    Paolai75@hotmail.com
  • Leah Esther Lax, PhD
    (Parent Member)
    Main: 212-420-1999
    acclax@aol.com
  • James McGuirk, PhD
    Executive Director and CEO
    Astor Services for Children and Families
    6339 Mill Street
    Rhinebeck, New York 12572
    Main: 845-871-1000
    jmcguirk@astorservices.org
  • Mary McHugh, LCSW-R
    (Designee of the Office of Mental Health)
    Director Bureau of Strategic Direction and Training
    Division of Children & Family Services
    NYS Office of Mental Health
    44 Holland Avenue
    Albany, New York 12229
    Main: 518-474-1706
    mary.mchugh@omh.ny.gov
  • Diane Miller
    (Designee of the Office of Children and Family Services)
    Division of Child Care Services
    NYS Office of Children and Family Services
    309 South Building
    52 Washington Street
    Rensselaer, New York 12144
    Main: 518-474-9614
    dianeDCCS.miller@ocfs.ny.gov
  • Linda Rennie
    Director, Office of Children with Special Needs
    Nassau County Health Department
    60 Charles Lindberg Boulevard, Suite 100
    Uniondale, New York 11553
    Main: 516-227-8648
    Linda.rennie@hhsnassaucountyny.us
  • Margaret Sampson
    Family Initiative Coordinator
    Just Kids Foundation
    PO Box 12, Longwood Road
    Middle Island, NY 11953
    Main: 631-924-0008
    margsampson@optonline.net
  • Cheryl Schaefer-Coppola
    (Parent Member)
    ccoppola2@rochester.rr.com
  • Mischa Sogut
    Legislative and Communications Aide
    Office of Assemblyman Richard Gottfried
    822 Legislative Office Building
    Albany, New York 12248
    Main: 518-455-4955
    sogutm@assembly.state.ny.us
  • Nicole Suto
    (Designee of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities)
    Children's Services Coordinator
    NYS Office for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
    44 Holland Avenue
    Albany, New York 12229
    Main: 518-486-7426
    nicole.l.suto@opwdd.ny.gov
  • Elina Tsenter
    (Designee of the State Education Department)
    Associate in Special Education
    P-12: Office of Special Education
    New York State Education Department
    Education Building, Room 309
    Albany, New York 12234
    Main: 518-473-6108
    elina.tsenter@nysed.gov