In 2011, when DIDD became a department, the Tennessee Code was updated to reflect that change and also to create statewide and regional planning and policy councils to allow for public collaboration on issues affecting the department and the people interested in our services.
The department looks forward to the input and ideas these Councils will generate and welcomes this collaboration between DIDD, providers, families, and advocates.
The Council shall advise the Commissioner as to plans and policies to be followed in the service systems and the operation of the department programs and facilities, recommend to the general assembly legislation and appropriations for the programs and facilities, advocate for and publicize the recommendations, and publicize generally the situation and needs of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families.
In addition, pursuant to TCA 33-2-202 and 33-2-203, DIDD established a state Developmental Disabilities Planning and Policy Council, a West Regional Planning and Policy Council, a Middle Regional Planning and Policy Council, and an East Regional Planning and Policy Council. These four councils have the following purpose:
The Councils shall advise the Statewide Planning and Policy Council (SPPC) on a desirable array of prevention, early intervention, treatment, and habilitation services and supports for persons supported and their families, and such other matters as the Commissioner or the SPPC may request; and provide information and advice to the department on policy, formulation of budget requests, and development and evaluation of services and supports.
To view public notices of upcoming meetings and minutes from any of these five councils visit https://apps.tn.gov/pmn/index.html, enter "Dept. of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities," in the department section and all DIDD related meetings will be displayed.