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Tennessee Family Support Program


The Tennessee Family Support Program is a statewide program funded by the

Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD).  

The program provides limited financial assistance to individuals with severe disabilities who reside in the community.

Funding is available for services and supports that are not otherwise covered by insurance or other resources. These services and supports may include:

  • Respite, Personal Assistance, Homemaking
  • Adult/child day care
  • Dental Care
  • Therapy
  • Home and Vehicle Modifications (such as wheelchair lifts, ramps)
  • Special Equipment (such as communication devices, assistive technology, independent living aids)
  • Health related supplies
  • Minor home repairs to eliminate health/saftey risks
  • Summer camps/recreational activities

All funding requests must be approved by the District 3 Family Support Council.  Not all who are eligible may be selected to receive funding.  Funding is limited and cannot be guaranteed beyond the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2016.  

*For more information about services and supports covered by the program, click here



The program is limited to full time State of Tennessee residents who have a severe disability that is permanent and results in significant limitations in their daily life.

Individuals who reside in a nursing home, state funded living facility (including state funded foster care), or are receiving services through the DIDD Waiver Program, Choices Program, or Pace Program are not eligible to recieve Family Support Funding.

Although all severe disabilities are considered, the primary focus of the Family Support Program is to provide services to those who:

  1. Were born with a severe or developmental disability or acquired it in childhood
  2. Have been severely disabled by injury/trauma (brain injury, spinal cord injury, loss of limbs)
  3. Have a neurological/neuromuscular disorder (ALS, Muscular Dystrophy, or Multiple Sclerosis)

 *For information on what is required to apply for the program, click here


Counties Served:

Orange Grove Center provides funding for the Tennessee Family Support Program in the following counties:

Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, and Sequatchie

For all other counties or for more information about the Family Support Program, visit http://www.tn.gov/didd/family_support/ 



*Our fiscal year runs July 1st- June 30th.

Open enrollment is January 1-March 15 of every year. We continue to accept applications throughout the year and applicants will be added to our waitlist if there are no funds available. 

To apply for the 2016-2017 fiscal year (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017) click here to download an application.

As of November 29, 2016 there are funds available in the following counties:

Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion, Monroe, Rhea, Sequatchie

 If you have a crisis/urgent situation, please call or email us concerning availability of crisis funding in your county.



Click here for Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us!


For more information contact:

Kristi Tankersley, LMSW
Assistant Director, Family Support Program
615 Derby Street
Chattanooga, TN 37404
tel: 423.664.5120

email: ktankersley@orangegrove.org



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This page was last updated on Tue Nov 29, 2016.

Tennessee Family Support Program

Required information

Employment and Community First (ECF) Choices Program

Family Support Program Service Description

Frequently asked questions

Counties served by the Family Support Program at Orange Grove Center

Contacts for Family Support Program

Family Support Application 2016-2017

ECF Choices Member Handbook

ECF Choices info on how to apply

ECF Choices Powerpoint

Facts about ECF Choices

Service Description

Family Support Program Brochure


Orange Grove Center • 615 Derby Street • Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404 • Phone: 423.629.1451