The Williamson Advocate   July 2021
Proposed TennCare
TennCare has proposed changed to Tennessee's Medicaid program, including services for programs for intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Those changes are under review by the federal government, waiting for approval. In the meantime, TennCare will host a public forum to discuss the proposed changes on July 6, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. CST at the PEARL Room on the ground floor of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 220 French Landing Drive in Nashville.  For Further Information
Ventures Resource Fair
Thursday, September 30
Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Location Pending
Fundraising Luncheon
Monday, November 8
11:30 a.m.
Temple Hills Country Club
Festival of Trees
Viewing Party
Thursday, December 2
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn-Vanderbilt
Thank you to everyone who helped with the Annual Yard Sale!  The Arc received so much support from those who donated to those who helped sort and price to those who worked the day of and to those who purchased items.  It was a huge success!  
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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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Health Connect America Announces New Program
Health Connect America announced a new program recently for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  Launchpad is a day program for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities that offers sessions twice a week from 9:30 to 1:30. We are planning to open our Monday/Wednesday session in September 2021. Launchpad offers individualized training in a small group setting that is designed to promote independence in multiple areas (including money management, physical health, mental health and wellness, independent living skills, employment, and rights). We encourage socialization within our group and participation with the greater community through a variety of planned outings, social events, and with community volunteer opportunities. Most importantly, we encourage our adults to express the vision that they have for their lives and to make goals and plans accordingly. We assist by providing a safe, accepting, and enriching environment for them to do so. If you would like more information about our program, apply for the Monday/Wednesday session or sign up for the waitlist for Tuesday/Thursday, please call Sandy Krikac at 615-403-7337 or email at  Health Connect America is located at 508 Autumn Springs Court, Suite B in Franklin TN.
The Volunteer Advocacy Project
Mondays, Aug. 23 through Nov. 8, 2021
5 to 8 p.m. (CST)

The Volunteer Advocacy Project is a training program for individuals who are willing to become advocates for families navigating the special education process. The training is held once a year in multiple sites across the state.
The training will be conducted remotely via Zoom video conference platform. Each participant may log in from their personal device (e.g., cell phone, computer, etc.).
Training will cover:
  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • State law
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Attend all 12 (3 hour) sessions
  • Advocate for 4 families of children with disabilities after completing the training
  • Fee: $75
Applications are due by July 30, 2021. After applications are processed, you will receive an email with registration and payment information. To request an application or get more information, email Brittney Goscicki at
August 10-13
The Arc Tennessee is partnering with Amerigroup and disAbility LINK to provide training for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to how to become peer supporters to other individuals with disabilities. Trainees will receive a four-day training course, tools, and resources for guiding other peers to become better self-advocates, makes their own choices and develop leadership skills.  Deadline to apply is July 16.  Self-advocates interested in applying for a peer support academy must complete an application to be considered and have reliable internet and computer/tablet access.
This training is scheduled on August 10 through August 13 from 12p-5p CT/1p-6p ET. Breaks will be given, but attendance is a requirement.  
If you have any questions please email 


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 developmental or severe disabilities and their families to remain together in their homes and communities by providing financial assistance and community resource information.  You may not receive Family Support if you receive services through TennCare Choices; TennCare ECF Waiver; the DIDD Statewide, Self-Determination or CAC Waiver; or the Katie Beckett Waiver. Services provided include but are not limited to reimbursement for day care, respite care, specialized supplies, home and vehicle modifications, and equipment. 
The Arc Williamson County accepts applications for Family Support at any time throughout the year.  In order to be considered by the Family Support Local Council in the first round each year the application plus any needed proofs needed to be received by March 31and those that are received after that time may be placed on the waiting list if all funds are allocated.  
The 2021-2022 Intake/Application Form and our handbook can be found on our website at or by contacting Sharon at 615-790-5815, ext. 3.  
If you live outside of Williamson County you can call 615-532-6552 to find out what agency administers the Family Support Program in your area.  

Have a Safe and
Happy 4th of July
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The Arc Williamson County  •  129 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 143  •  Franklin, TN 37064

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