Family Support Program

If you or an immediate family member has a disability, you may be eligible to receive family support services.

Family Support Services is a program designed and funded by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) to assist families who are caring for their relative who has a severe disability. Severe disability is defined as:

• Attributable to a mental or physical impairment

• Likely to continue indefinitely

• Result in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following major life activities:

  • Self-care Receptive/expressive language
  • Learning Mobility
  • Self-direction
  • Capacity for independent living
  • Economic self-sufficiency

 

An essential element of the Family Support Services program is family and consumer involvement. Local councils have been established and meet on a regular basis to oversee and provide advice on the distribution of local services. Family Support Services may include such things as:

• Respite care

• Personal or attendant services

• Specialized equipment maintenance and repair

• Homemaker services

• Specialized equipment & supplies

• Specialized nutrition & clothing

• Child care

• Health related cost not otherwise covered

• Family counseling training & Support groups

• Transportation services

• Licensed nursing & nurses aid services

HOW TO RECEIVE SERVICES: Eligible Residents of Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cocke, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Jefferson, Sevier and Scott Counties should contact:

If funding has already been allocated for the current fiscal year, request that your name be added to the waiting list for that county.

For more information contact:

Special Services Director, Regina Wilson 865-813-0578
Special Services Administrative Assistant, Melanie Doxtater 865-813-0577

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