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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2008

 

GOVERNOR REAPPOINTS BRINEGAR TO STATE INTERAGENCY COORDINATING COUNCIL FOR EARLY INTERVENTION

 

(JACKSON, Mississippi) – Governor Haley Barbour has reappointed Margaret Buttross-Brinegar, of Natchez, to the State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Intervention (SICC), whose mission is to assist the Mississippi Department of Health and other agencies on matters dealing with early intervention for children with developmental disabilities, especially infants and toddlers.

 

“Margaret’s commitment to this council has been outstanding, and I appreciate her willingness to continue promoting early intervention so developmentally challenged children can have a better chance at improving their educational and skill levels, as well as enhancing their quality of life,” Governor Barbour said.

 

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.

 

Brinegar has served as director of the Children’s Center for Communication and Development at the University of Southern Mississippi for 28 years. Previously, she worked as a speech/language pathologist in Mississippi and Louisiana schools. Brinegar currently serves on the Oral Facials Anomalies Team at Forrest General Hospital and is a past member of the Early Intervention Study Group of the Mississippi Department of Education and Department of Health; Leaders Focus Group: Linking infants from the NICU to community services at Forrest General Hospital; and the Forrest County Early Childhood Development Coalition.

 

Brinegar holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina. She completed post-graduate studies at USM.