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East Texas Center for Independent Living

East Texas Disability Services Network

East Texas Center for Independent Living

East Texas Center for Independent Living’s March 26, 2013 Community-Wide Priority Setting Meeting held at the Andrews Center in Tyler. The community was invited to attend and give input on solutions for improving the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Back Row Left to Right: Gavin Preston (ETCIL), Laura Mattheis (ETCIL), Sherlon Spurling (ETCIL), Marilyn Croster (Andrews Center), Allison Sterken (Andrews Center), and Sharon Roberts (Attorney at Law). Front Row Left to Right: Sandra Taylor (Community HealthCore), Kristy Range (NDMJ Inc.), Kathy Holdway ( A Circle of 10, Inc.), Pam Anderson ( A Circle of 10, Inc.), and Arthur Blount ( A Circle of 10, Inc.).

Grantee Information

East Texas Center for Independent Living
4713 Troup Hwy.
Tyler, TX 75703
903-581-7542
Website

Project Director: Laura Mattheis

Project Period

Jan. 1, 2013 – June 30, 2018

Project Description

Through existing relationships and establishing additional diverse collaborative community partners, East Texas Center for Independent Living and A Circle of Ten, Inc. will form East Texas Disability Services Network to identify, enhance and expand community supports for people with disabilities. ETDSN will be inclusive of individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members, mental health authorities, human service providers, educators, medical, vocational and transportation services, and others representing varied backgrounds. The ETDSN will formulate a strategic plan especially focused on persons with developmental disabilities living in institutionalized settings or those at risk.

Geographic Reach

Smith, Wood, Van Zandt, Cherokee, Henderson and Rusk counties

Texas map highlighting Smith, Wood, Van Zandt, Cherokee, Henderson and Rusk counties

Area of Emphasis

Building Community Capacity Through Collaboration

State Plan Goal 5

Demonstrate how to prevent unnecessary admissions to State Supported Living Centers (SSLC) by supporting community organizations in at least 1 HHS Region to increase their capacity to provide community-based services that support people with developmental disabilities to improve and maintain their health and to have access as needed to necessary healthcare, behavior supports, and/or respite, by 9/30/2016.