About the People We Serve

December 8, 2008 at 7:13 am Leave a comment

United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee Serves persons of all ages and with all types of disabilities. Our agency provides services to individuals with disabilities in approximately 80% of Tennessee counties in any given year. We also serve as a primary resource center for information about the condition known as cerebral palsy.

United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee is unique among agencies serving individuals with developmental and acquired physical disabilities in Tennessee. While most agencies that primarily focus on developmental disabilities services provide programs for populations for which waiver contract funding is available through the state Division of Mental Retardation, UCP has chosen to focus on the needs of unaddressed populations. Mental Retardation is only one form of developmental disability. Individuals with comparable disabilities have comparable needs, but nowhere to turn within the state structure for help. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities has no budget for DD services and provides no services or contract funding to aid persons with developmental disabilities. Therefore, our agency relies on an array of private funding initiatives for basic services to our families.

To further compound matters, many people with significant disabilities do not qualify for long term care supports under TennCare and they cannot acquire private insurance adequate to meet their significant long term care needs. The individuals our agency serves are people with documented and verifiable needs who simply have nowhere else to turn. Our resources are meager, but our volunteers and families prove every day that much can be done when limited resources are used with innovation and care.

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