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March 26, 2008




(JACKSON, Mississippi) – Governor Haley Barbour has appointed Shirley J. Miller, of Jackson, to the State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention (SICC), whose mission is to assist the Mississippi Department of Health and other lead agencies on matters dealing with early intervention for children with developmental disabilities, especially infants and toddlers.


“Shirley has been actively involved in early intervention programs for more than a decade, which makes her a perfect candidate for this council. She is committed to ensuring the best possible educational methods for developmentally challenged children so they can improve their skill levels and enhance their quality of life,” Governor Barbour said. “I look forward to Shirley’s important work in this capacity as the state continues its efforts to better address the needs of our developmentally disabled citizens.”


The SICC is statutorily required to consist of parents, public and private providers, a member of the Mississippi legislature, and a member from one of the state’s eight institutions of higher learning, as well as representation from other state agencies involved in early intervention and health insurance.


Miller has been the state director for Early Intervention Services at the Department of Mental Health for 10 years. Previously, she was assistant director of Early Intervention Programs at the Hudspeth Center, where she also worked as a qualified mental retardation professional and a staff development instructor. Miller is coordinator of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and a member of the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities as well as the Fetal Syndrome Advisory Committee. Within her community, Miller is chairperson of the Foster Grandparent Association of the Capital Area and former chairperson of the Special Education Advisory Panel.


Miller and her husband, Wes, have been married 27 years. Together, they have two children, Micah and Aaron.