Notice of Joint Motion of All Parties to Approve Exit Plan and Enter Agreed Order
To: All members of the Clover Bottom Class (“CBDC class members”), which may include persons who presently reside or will reside at Clover Bottom Developmental Center (including the Harold Jordan Center), Greene Valley Developmental Center, or Nat T. Winston Developmental Center, and all persons who have resided there at any time since December 22, 1992:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT on January 21, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. CST, in the United District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, 801 Broadway, Nashville, TN, before Chief Judge Sharp, in District Courtroom No. A826, the parties will appear and present an Exit Plan and Agreed Order for this Court’s approval.
A copy of the Exit Plan and Agreed Order may be obtained from any one of the attorneys listed in the next sentence, or from the United States District Court Clerk for the Middle District of Tennessee. Alternatively, CBDC class members and/or their conservators may obtain a free copy of these documents from counsel for Plaintiffs People First of Tennessee (Class Counsel): Jack Derryberry (615-386-7008) (firstname.lastname@example.org); Earle J. Schwarz (901-272-0607) (email@example.com) and, Judith Gran (856-354-0061) (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are or may be a CBDC class member, approval of the Exit Plan and Agreed Order could affect your rights and services you receive. You may attend the Hearing and express opinions in opposition to or in support of the Motion to Approve Exit Plan and Enter Agreed Order. If the State of Tennessee completes all of its obligations in the Exit Plan, the case will be dismissed.
The key components of the Exit Plan are:
Magistrate Judge Juliet Griffin reviewed and approved the form and contents of this Notice, and entered an order directing that it be so published.
On Thursday, August 21, 2014, the Board of Nursing approved a revised Medication Administration for Unlicensed Personnel curriculum. The revised curriculum moves away from text-based learning to a more dynamic, interactive curriculum. DIDD plans to fully implement this on January 1, 2015.
DIDD is also revising the guidelines for testing and renewal of certification. The proposed new rules would extend the certification from the current two years, to three years and eliminate the 8-hour recertification class. Instead, DIDD would offer online refresher materials to assist them in taking the recertification and competency skills test.
While the revision will offer significant regulatory relief, it will also make the training more focused on the practical, hands-on skills direct support professionals need to safely administer medications to the people we support. The primary goal of the revision is to ensure people in our service delivery system are receiving the best care.
DIDD will be making changes to the Medication Administration webpage and reaching out in other ways in preparation for the transition.
This revision would not have been possible without hard work of Deputy Commissioner Dr. Tom Cheetham and his staff, especially the Nurse Educators, Sue Buckley, Joyce Couch and Leah McWain under the leadership of Danny Ricker. They worked countless hours to revise and prepare the materials, and still have much work ahead of them to fully implement this curriculum.
The presentation Dr. Cheetham and Danny Ricker made to the Board of Nursing can be found here.
Section 1915(c) Home and Community Based Waiver Service renewal application sections are now available for public comment. Please [click here] to review all applicable waiver documents and submit your comments.
Please note the [link] above takes you away from the DIDD website to the Bureau of TennCare website.
The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and TennCare have released a concept paper about the future of the state's Home and Community Based Waivers for people with intellectual disabilities. The concept paper is below, along with summaries of the concept paper for people currently receiving waiver services and people who are waiting to receive services.
We want to hear from everyone about the proposed plan: what you like, what you don't like, and how it can be improved. DIDD and TennCare held meetings in each region about the Concept Paper in June. If you were unable to attend, the presentations are below. We also encourage everyone to submit comments about proposed changes.
The Bureau of TennCare would like to invite Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) providers to a training/informational session on the new Department of Labor (DoL) and HCBS Setting rules. A schedule of all sessions with date, time and locations as well as registration information can be found in the attachment below. Space for attendees is limited, so the Bureau of TennCare requests you limit the number of staff from your organization to three per meeting.
On April 10, 2014, the General Assembly passed the FY2014-2015 budget. A summary of DIDD's budget, along with program updates and DIDD accomplishments, can be found in the presentation below....presentation
DIDD and Tenncare held a series of meetings over the past few weeks to gather input from families and providers as we look to renew the state's Arlington and Statewide Waivers. As we look to renew these waivers, we want to think about how we can improve on these programs and the services we provide. With your help, the meetings were a success and yielded some important feedback on the services we provide. For those who were unable to attend, the presentation is posted below.
DIDD Community Meetings - Consumers and Families
DIDD Community Meetings - Providers
ID-DD Stakeholder Input Summary
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