The Williamson Advocate        August 2019
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Resource Expo
Williamson County Enrichment Center
110 Everbright Avenue
Franklin, TN 37064
Next Chapter Book Clubs are for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities reading and learning, making friends, and enjoying a fun community gathering.  The Arc is looking for individuals who would be interested in participating in a Book Club on Monday afternoons at 1:00 at the Williamson County Community Services Building.  Please contact Sharon at 615-790-5815, ext. 3 or if you are interested.  
A new People First Chapter has been formed in Williamson County.  Please join us for the next meeting to learn more about People First.  People First TN is a powerful self-advocacy organization leading a vibrant, engaged and growing movement of self-advocates committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
10:00-11:30 am
Williamson County Community Services Building 129 West Fowlkes Street
Suite 143
Franklin, TN 37064
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The Arc  Williamson County
129 West Fowlkes Street,
Suite 143
Franklin, TN 37064
Phone (615) 790-5815
Fax (615) 790-5891
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The Arc Williamson County
Student Advocacy Program
Christa Furlow, The Arc Williamson County's Student Advocate has taken a new position as Admissions Director at New Hope Academy and we certainly wish her all the best.  Until we hire and train someone new in this position, please feel free to contact Sharon Bottorff with any questions you may have at or 615-790-5815, ext. 3.  During this transition time, we will not be able to attend any meetings with parents but will certainly help in any other way we can.  Please also remember in the meantime that you can call on others for assistance also and please see training below on the Volunteer Advocacy Project-
The Arc Tennessee 615-248-5878 ext. 28
Cheffins & Nguyen Law Group 615-495-5965
Disability Rights TN 800-342-1660                     
STEP 615-463-2310                                                        
Tennessee State Department of Education Legal Services
Tennessee Voices for Children 615-269-7751                                
Tennessee lawmakers passed a bill that proposes to create a new program for children under age 18.  These are children who have disabilities or complex medical needs, and do not qualify for Medicaid because of their parent’s income or assets (like bank accounts or other property).  The bill directs TennCare to ask the federal government to approve a program that would have 2 parts or groups. Part A would serve children with the most significant disabilities or complex medical needs. These are children who would qualify for care in an institution but want care at home instead. Their parents’ income and assets would not be counted in determining their eligibility for Medicaid. If they qualify, they would receive full Medicaid benefits to help pay for care their private insurance doesn’t cover. They may also receive Home and Community Based Services (or HCBS) for other things they need that Medicaid and private insurance do not cover.  Parents may be required to purchase private insurance and pay premiums for Medicaid (on a sliding fee scale based on income) to help offset program costs.
Part B would also serve children with disabilities or complex medical needs.  But they may not qualify for care in an institution. Children in Part B would not be enrolled in Medicaid.  They would receive up to $10,000 per year in services to help them cover the cost of private insurance premiums and things their insurance does not cover.  The federal government could approve both parts, only one part, or ask us to make changes before they approve. If both parts of the program are approved, most of the children—up to 2,700 would be enrolled in Part B.  The approved funding would allow for each child to receive up to $10,000 in assistance.  There are still lots of things that have to happen for the Katie Beckett to be finalized. 
For now, if you want to be sure to know when sign-ups start, you can give your name and information to the Department of Intellectual and Development Disabilities. You can call your DIDD Regional Office at:
West Tennessee Regional Office: 
(866) 372-5709
Middle Tennessee Regional Office:
(800) 654-4839
East Tennessee Regional Office:
(888) 531-9876
To stay up to date on the Katie Beckett Program visit: or
Family Support Program
In 1992, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation establishing a statewide Family Support Program. Statewide funding for this program is determined by our state legislators on a yearly basis. The program is administered by the State of Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and managed in Williamson County by The Arc Williamson County. 
The program is designed to assist individuals with severe disabilities and their families to remain together in their homes and communities by providing financial assistance and community resource information. Some of the services that can be approved for reimbursement include respite care, before/after school care, minor home modification, specialized medical equipment, specialized supplies, health related costs, summer camp, and behavior therapy. The Arc Williamson County accepts applications at any time throughout the year. In order to be considered for Family Support funding, we must have a current, signed application and the necessary proofs-disability, citizenship, residency. 
The Application/Intake Form can be accessed by clicking here and The Family Support Handbook which further explains the program and the types of proof that are acceptable can be accessed by clicking here.  After these are received by The Arc, you will be contacted so that we can determine if you will be eligible based on the state's definition of disability.  You will then be notified in writing of your eligibility.  If you are found not eligible, you will have 10 days to request a reconsideration.  If your application is received after March 31st, your eligibility will still be determined but you will be placed on the waiting list until additional funding should become available. 
Please note that being eligible for funding and being approved for funding are two different processes.  Also, please understand that being a current recipient of Family Support does not make you automatically eligible the following year.    Should additional funding become available throughout the year, your information will be presented to the Family Support Local Council for approval. If you have further questions or need additional assistance please contact Sharon at or 615-790-5815, ext. 3. 
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The Arc Williamson County  •  129 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 151  •  Franklin, TN 37064

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