Programs Serving Persons With Severe Disabilities In Chattanooga, 10 Surrounding Counties

Monday, August 11, 2014

Orange Grove Center is now accepting applications for the Tennessee Family Support Program on a first-come, first-served basis to provide financial assistance to individuals with severe or developmental disabilities.

The Tennessee Family Support Program is a state-wide program funded by the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.   Orange Grove Center administers the program for District 3, which serves Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.

Funding is available for services/supports including respite care, personal assistance, health care-related items, specialized equipment (e.g. communication devices and independent living aids), minor home repairs/modifications (e.g. wheelchair ramps), vehicle modifications, dental care, therapies, child/adult day care and other needs that are not covered by insurance or other resources.

The program is limited to State of Tennessee residents who have a permanent, severe disability that results in significant limitations in daily life.  Although all severe disabilities are considered, the primary focus of the Family Support Program is to provide services to those who: were born with a severe or developmental disability or acquired it in childhood; have been severely disabled by injury/trauma (brain injury, spinal cord injury, loss of  limbs); or have a neurological/neuromuscular disorder (ALS, Muscular Dystrophy, or Multiple  Sclerosis). 
     
For an application, or to learn more, visit familysupporttn.com, or contact Kristi Tankersley, Assistant Director of Tennessee Family Support Program at 423-664-5120 or familysupport@orangegrove.org.



Tennessee Is 45th In America's Health Rankings Report

The United Health Foundation released its America’s Health Rankings Annual Report on Tuesday. For 28 years, the report has analyzed a comprehensive set of data on behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care and outcomes to provide a holistic view of the health of the nation and each state.  This year, Tennessee’s overall rank is 45, which is a one place drop ... (click for more)

Reach Health And Wellness Chiropractic And Morning Pointe Of Collegedale At Greenbriar Cove Hold Ladies Christmas Extravaganza

Reach Health and Wellness Chiropractic and Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove hosted the, “Ladies Christmas Extravaganza,” event this past Sunday. The event was held at the Morning Pointe assisted living community. The event got together local businesses to provide a family friendly and unique Christmas shopping experience for attendees and the residents of Morning ... (click for more)

Man Barges Into Woman's Home In MLK Neighborhood; Tries To Rape Her; Photos Of Suspect Released

Chattanooga Police said a man barged into a woman's home in the MLK Neighborhood around noon on Tuesday and tried to rape the woman.   Police said, "The victim was followed by the suspect into her residence where the victim was then attacked. The suspect at that time attempted to rape the victim and then fled the scene."   The victim then called the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Moccasin Bend Resident Asks City To Move Police Firing Range So He Can Open Bed And Breakfast Inn

A Moccasin Bend resident is asking the city to move a police firing range from off the historic Bend so he can open a bed and breakfast inn. Steve Holmes also said the move needs to take place because the new Moccasin Bend National Park is set to begin implementing its management plan early next year. He said the park should bring 250,000 visitors to Chattanooga each year with ... (click for more)

Current Republican Tax Plan Will Add To The National Debt

Independent tax experts agree that the Republican tax plan will add over $1 trillion to the national debt, even accounting for economic growth.  Adding to the national debt during good economic times doesn’t seem smart to me. The time for adding anything to the national debt is during a major war or when the economy needs more government spending to stimulate it during a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s Focus On ‘Better’

As I stepped away from the overflow crowd at Monday night’s Town Council meeting on Signal Mountain, I leaned in to tell Jean Trohanis how sorry I was to hear of the loss of her dearest friend. But in that millisecond before I could speak, the former but still-loved elementary school principal gave me her best hallway hiss and, with a pointed finger, she ordered, “You be nice!” ... (click for more)