What Do You Think About DD Services in Tennessee?

December 16, 2008 at 9:19 pm 1 comment

In a nutshell, state and federal law defines Developmental Disability as “mental retardation or a severe, chronic disability that severely impacts three or more major life activities, and is acquired prior to age 22.”

The State of Tennessee provides a number of supports and services to persons with intellectual disabilities through the Division of Mental Retardation Services (http://www.state.tn.us/dmrs). There is a long waiting list for services.

There are no comparable services offered to people with other developmental disaiblities such as cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, traumatic brain or spinal cord injury acquired prior to age 22, etc., no matter how severe the developmental disability. In fact, the State Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities has no services for persons with Developmental Disabilities.

Should all persons with developmental disabilities have access to similar supports and services in Tennessee? Should all DD services be coordinated through the same state division or department? What do you think?

For more information about this issue, go to: http://www.fulfillthepromise.org,
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  • 1. Lori Nadelle  |  December 21, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    What Services???? Just moved here I am in a wheelchair and my daughter has cerebral Palsy in a wheelchair. We have not been able to recieve any services at all. We are not low enough income to qualify for anything we are middle income and she is not able to get any of the services she has had in other states. I think Tennessee really needs to rethink there Disabled benefits it is really sad when a 11 year old child is not able to recieve from the state. We have always paid what we can and had a first insurance but anyone with a child with severe Handicapped realizes the large cost involved to not have a capwaiver available for children with those type of disabilities and help to families who have middle income is just ridiculous. Tennessee is such a beautiful place Hopefully they will wake up and help out the children of this state. I just read an article where Tennessee has one of the largest death rates for babies. Shheeeeesh where are the state representatives, senator, and governor of this state!


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