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.


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