What is the Promise?

We are your neighbors and friends. We are your children and cousins. We are people, just like you, who seek to build our own Tennessee has historically provided services and supports to people with intellectual disability.  However, people with developmental disabilities other than intellectual disability have not had access to these same services and supports.

In 2007, the Developmental Disabilities Task Force published Fulfill the Promise (link this to the document), a detailed report that laid out a plan for providing services and supports to people with developmental disabilities other than intellectual disability.

Nine years later, this promise is about to be fulfilled.  On July 1, 2016, the new Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES Waivers will launch.  Tennessee will become the first state in the country to develop and implement an integrated, home and community based services program, aligning incentives toward promoting and supporting integrated, competitive employment and independent living as the first and preferred option for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In 2016, Governor Haslam and the General Assembly allocated approximately $25 million in new funding for the ECF CHOICES Waivers.  With the combined federal match, there will be approximately $75 million to fund 1,700 new waiver slots for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

To learn all about the ECF CHOICES waivers from the initial Concept Paper and its march toward implementation, click the Updates page.