Tennessee: Health & Disability Programs

Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability
Programs include caregiving support; home and community based services including case management, homemaker services, personal care services, minor home modifications, Personal Emergency Response Systems, home delivered meals, respite care, assistive technology, pest control, personal care assistance/attendant, adult day care, and coverage for an assisted living facility; nutrition services; Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program; public guardianship; and senior centers.
Andrew Jackson Building
500 Deaderick Street, Suite 825
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 741-2056
Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration’s Division of Intellectual Disabilities Services (DIDS)
DIDS offers the following programs for people with intellectual disabilities:  family support including respite care, day care, home and vehicular modifications, specialized equipment and repair/maintenance, specialized nutrition/clothing/supplies, personal assistance, transportation, homemaker services, housing costs, nursing aide, family counseling, recreation or summer camp, evaluation and training; case management services including support coordination, personal assistance, and transportation, as well as residential, day, behavior, physical, occupational, speech therapy, nursing, classes on nutrition and falls prevention, respite, and behavioral respite services; and home and community-based waiver services, including personal assistance and transportation, as well as day, behavior, physical, occupational, speech therapy, respite, and behavioral respite services. (Will acquire responsibility for Developmental Disabilities in January, 2011, at which time this division will become a department.)
Andrew Jackson Building, 15th Floor
500 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 532-6530
Toll-free (800) 535-9725
Tennessee Department of Health’s Arthritis Program
Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Arthritis Program works with the Arthritis Foundation and other partners to provide self-help programs designed to help participants better manage their arthritis, as well as exercise and aquatics programs.
421 Great Circle Road, Suite 104
Nashville, TN 37228
(615) 254-6795
Toll-free (800) 454-4662
Tennessee Department of Health’s Children’s Special Services (CSS)
CSS consists of medical services and reimbursement for medical care, medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and therapies for children (birth to age 21) meeting medical and financial criteria; care coordination of primary and specialty care through the designated primary care physician and corresponding managed care organization network; and the Parents Encouraging Parents program, which links parents and families of children with special health care needs with other parents and families whose child may have the same or similar disorder.
Cordell Hull Building, 5th floor
425 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN  37243
(615) 741-7353
Tennessee Department of Health’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
This program provides activities concerning diabetes prevention and control by including information on diabetes on its website, as well as GetFitTN, a statewide awareness program developed to address the growing incidence of Type 2 diabetes and risk factors that lead to diabetes, like obesity. This initiative is aimed at educating both adults and children that Type 2 diabetes can be delayed or even prevented with moderate lifestyle changes such as increasing physical activity and a healthier diet.
425 5th Avenue North
Cordell Hull Building, 5th floor
Nashville, TN 37247
(615) 532-8192
Tennessee Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services, Blind and Visually Impaired Services
The Division of Rehabilitation Services offers several programs to assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired, including Vocational Rehabilitation, Independent Living Services, Deaf-Blind Services, Newsline for the Blind and Visually Impaired (an automated newspaper reading service that allows individuals who are legally blind to access more than fifty newspapers using a standard touch-tone telephone), Register for the Blind (a register of citizens who are legally blind and living in Tennessee), and Tennessee Business Enterprises (offering vocational training and employment opportunities in the food service industry).
400 Deaderick Street, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 313-4700
Tennessee Department of Human Services’ Division of Rehabilitation Services, Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Services provided include diagnosis, counseling,  guidance, treatment, training, maintenance, transportation, transition services from school to work, personal care assistance program, independent living services, assistive technology, supported employment, job placement and post-employment services.
Citizens Plaza State Office Building
400 Deaderick Street, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 313-4891
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities’ (TDMHDD) Mental Health Services
This department provides services in the following areas: support, employment/education, transportation,housing, and crisis services. (The responsibility for Developmental Disabilities will be moving to the Division of Intellectual Disabilities Services in January, 2011, at which time this division will become a department.)
Cordell Hull Building, 3rd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 532-6500
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities’ (TDMHDD) Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services
Services are provided through the Office of Addictions Treatment and Recovery Services and include adolescent residential and day treatment, family intervention and referral, halfway house, HIV/AIDS outreach, life development program, medical detoxification, outpatient services, pregnant substance abusers, residential rehabilitation, social setting (non-medical) detoxification, women’s intensive outpatient services, and wrap around services.  Also, TDMHDD received a grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration starting October, 2010 to address significant health disparities experienced by Tennesseans with mental illness, substance use, and co-occurring disorders and will strive to change TDMHDD’s recovery service infrastructure by integrating a physical health focus into existing behavioral health recovery services; a peer-led health, wellness, and chronic disease prevention and self-management program will be offered in community mental health facilities throughout the state and will deliver motivation, support, education, and connections for improved health practices to a population that typically experiences poor physical health and rarely accesses primary care.  Program participants will work toward prevention and self-management of chronic illnesses by addressing exercise, nutrition, weight and sleep management, tobacco use, and appropriate medication use.
425 Fifth Avenue North
3rd Floor Cordell Hull Bldg
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0675
(615) 532-6500