I need a nice short paragraph to introduce the Values and Individual rights of Developmental Disability Service Recipients page . . .

Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) - The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, is the state agency responsible for providing services and supports to Tennesseans with Intellectual Disabilities.

PURPOSE: To define a process for addressing disputes that individuals, families, or BGC, Inc., staff regarding decisions made by the agency affecting their participation, rights, or freedom of choices in the services of the agency.

BGC Inc., provides independent support coordination services primarily to children and adults who have developmental disabilities and who receive funding through the Medicaid Waiver program. Individuals receiving this support comes to us via a waiting list maintained by the State of Tennessee.

The Medicaid Waiver, sometimes referred to the Med Waiver Program, is a way the state of Tennessee can use Medicaid  dollars for services of people with intellectual developmental disabilities. It allows the state to pay for services related to the individual to live in a community setting instead of an institutional environment. Services are approved based on established protocol. Services are to be Approved prior to provided.

State of Tennessee - Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that federally assisted programs be free of discrimination. The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities also requires that its activities be conducted without regard to race, color, or national origin.

We encourage input from persons receiving services, conservators, guardians, family members, natural supports, Direct Support Professionals, provider agency management, and therapy providers.

Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: http://www.tn.gov/didd

The Bureau of TennCare: http://www.tn.gov/tenncare

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