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Helen Farabee Centers could assume services in Early Childhood Intervention Program contract

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) -

As of Friday, the Early Childhood Intervention program's future is looking a lot brighter.
Last week the ECI was searching for someone to take over its services after Texas state law makers slashed 350 million dollars in funding from the program.

Roddy Atkins, the Helen Farabee Centers' Executive Director said the state approached the non-profit with this opportunity, and soon the center could have an agreement with the state to assume the services in the contract. 

He said the center has been in contact with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for weeks now, to make sure this program continues after the contract with North Texas Rehab ends on October 31st.
He hopes to come to an agreement by November 1st if not sooner to avoid any delays in services.

Atkins said the most important thing is to alleviate some of the concerns and stress for those families who use the program.
He adds the Helen Farabee Centers is a governmental entity and has contracts with the state of Texas for public mental health services, substance abuse and more. That is why assuming the ECI services would be a good fit for the non-profit.

He said not having these services for children up to three years old with developmental and physical disabilities would have a negative impact on their future and our community.
That is why the Helen Farabee Centers is excited to help out those Texoma children.
If the agreement is finalized the center will be hiring about ten positions to work in the program


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