SERIES OF MEETINGS ABOUT MENTAL RETARDATION SERVICES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State officials are planning a series of meetings across Tennessee to let people know about the services available for individuals with mental retardation and their families. The state will soon be able to offer home or community-based services to more individuals. Over 3,500 people are now on a waiting list for services.
“We want to make sure that all Tennessee citizens who might be eligible know about the availability of services and how to apply for them,” said Stephen Norris, Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Mental Retardation Services (DMRS). “In addition, healthcare and social services workers or anyone who works in a community service capacity may someday need to know which services are available and how they can be accessed.”
DMRS offers community-based services for Tennesseans with mental retardation through contracts with community providers, including health services, service coordination, residential placement, day services and employment, behavior, family support, early intervention and physical and nutritional supports. Currently, 6,696 people are receiving home- or community-based services.
The public can learn details of these service areas and other information by attending one of seven local meetings:
All meetings will be held from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. local time
DMRS promotes community based services and supports for Tennesseans
with mental retardation and their families. DMRS serves Tennesseans
through regional offices located in each grand division of the state.
To access services, individuals and families may contact their regional
office as outlined on the state’s Web site at: http://www.tennessee.gov/mental/mrs/accessing.html.
Or, Tennesseans can call the statewide hotline at 1-800-535-9725.