MISSION-- The IDDNC will work to ensure a society in which all persons with IDD have access to services and supports to enable fullest participation in the community.  The partnership will work to create service options for all persons with IDD which are flexible, dependable, accessible, cost effective and promote individuals' choices.

COUNCIL-- The Directors of the Council each represent an organization supported by or operated in connection with the Council as follows:

  • Harris County Hospital District 

  • The Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 

  • Harris County Juvenile Probation Department  

  • The Arc of Greater Houston 

  • Greater Gulf Coast Consortium of Early Childhood Intervention Programs

      Services (a representative from Harris County) 

  • Texas Workforce Solutions – Vocational Rehabilitation Services 

  • Private Providers Association of Houston 

  • Baylor College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry 

  • Down Syndrome Association of Houston 

  • Greater Houston Chapter of the Autism Society of America

  • Region 4 Education Services Center 

  • The University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston 

  • Harris County Department of Education 


VISION-- The IDDNC is a consortium of organizations within Harris County dedicated to:

  • Promoting the services and supports necessary for improving the lives of persons with IDD

  • Ensuring fullest participation in the community

  • Bringing together the stakeholders so that their efforts will be unified, coordinated, focused and effective

  • Identifying community challenges and recommending solutions which encompass the vision

COUNCIL MEETINGS-- The Directors of the Council meet monthly or as necessary at The Harris Center for MH and IDD located at 9401 Southwest Freeway, Houston.  

Robert Stakem, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

Susan Parker, Region 4 Education Services Center

Diana Quintana, Harris County Juvenile Probation Department

Janniece Sleigh, The Arc of Greater Houston

Brenda Mullins, Harris County Department of Education

Kevin Kern, The Center for Pursuit, Representing Private Providers Association

LaVonia Tryon-Adetoro, Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Services

Neal Sarahan, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)


PURPOSE-- The corporation is organized exclusively for the benefit of, to perform the function of, or to carry out the purposes of the IDD Needs Council, a Texas non-profit corporation described in section 501(c)(3) of the Code.  The purpose of the IDD Needs Council is to advise the Harris County Commissioner’s Court on the services and needs of individuals with IDD. Along with advising the Harris County Commissioners Court about the needs of the of individuals with IDD, the IDDNC has sponsored several events benefiting the IDD community and organizations supporting individuals with IDD.​


HISTORY-- Judge Robert Eckels created the council and called this first meeting to order on October 5, 2000.  The initial membership comprised of twelve organizations.  By-laws and 501C3 were established in 2000 forming a governing body.

Judge Robert Eckels and The Commissioners Court of Harris County recognized at the time that there were over 90,000 individuals and families residing in Harris County who were faced with challenges associated with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the need for an on-going collaboration among organizations which serve individuals with IDD and creating an advisory board  whose membership is representative of professional organizations who would work to ensure a community in which all persons with IDD have access to services that would enable each individuals fullest participation in the community.  The Commissioners Court envisioned that in order to achieve the IDDNC mission, the advisory board would collaborate to identify strategies and solutions to address the changing needs of the IDD community.