FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2013
Contact: Melissa Loe, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities
Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) announced that the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities awarded $75,000 to A Circle of Ten, Inc., to establish a Gulf Coast Network and develop a strategic plan to improve services for people with disabilities and their families. This one-year Expanding Community Collaborative Capacity Opportunities (ECCCO) Project grant is intended to decrease the need for institutional admissions.
“The Gulf Coast Network will include 28 to 42 diverse organizations and individuals that work together to identify unmet needs and set priorities to improve services for people with disabilities in 14 cities,” Nichols said. This includes Alvin, Bellaire, Crosby, Galveston, Houston, Huffman, Katy, Liberty, Pasadena, Pearland, Port Bolivar, Seabrook, Spring and Sugar Land.
“The goal is to create high quality, community-based, person- or family-centered services, such as healthcare, behavior supports and respite for people with developmental disabilities,” Nichols explained. Once the network completes its strategic plan, this will be submitted to TCDD, describing the targeted issue(s) and planned approach to build community capacity. At that point, the network can request additional funding from TCDD to implement the strategic plan.
The ECCCO Project builds on C10’s 2012 momentum and input of TCDD grantee agencies and partners. East Texas, Gulf Coast, Austin and West Texas agencies received C10 leadership training and support to increase capacity, services and funding to serve people with developmental disabilities and their families.
TCDD is governed by a 27-member board, dedicated to improving the lives of more than 475,000 Texans with developmental disabilities. The council uses a variety of activities – such as grant projects, technical assistance, public awareness and leadership training – to enable people with disabilities to live and participate in the community. Developmental disabilities are severe, chronic disabilities that occur before the age of 22, such as autism, cerebral palsy, intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, traumatic brain injury and epilepsy.
More information on TCDD and its projects may be found at www.tcdd.texas.gov or by calling (800)-262-0334. More information on A Circle of Ten’s TCDD statewide projects may be found by emailing email@example.com, at www.virtual-village.org or by calling 903-541-0013.