When DIDD became a department in 2011, the Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) was updated to reflect this change and also to create Statewide and Regional Planning and Policy Councils (PPC), as well as a Developmental Disabilities Statewide PPC to allow for public collaboration on issues affecting the department, people we support, and those interested in our services. The department appreciates the input and ideas these Councils have generated. Four of the five councils will have vacancies in the near future. We need your expertise and experience because we value your opinion. The department urges those who are interested in serving and willing to volunteer their talents and time, to complete an Interest Form. A link to the form is available here. http://www.tn.gov/didd/PPC/index.shtml New council members will begin their service in January 2015.
Pursuant to TCA 33-2-202 and 33-2-203, the Developmental Disabilities Statewide, East Regional, Middle Regional, and West Regional PPCs shall have the following purpose:
The Councils shall advise the Statewide Planning and Policy Council (SPPC) on a desirable array of prevention, early intervention, treatment, and habilitation services and supports for persons supported and their families, and such other matters as the Commissioner or the SPPC may request; and provide information and advice to the department on policy, formulation of budget requests, and development and evaluation of services and supports.
We look forward to the input and ideas council members will contribute and welcome this collaboration between DIDD, persons supported, families, providers, and advocates. The deadline for form submissions is December 19, 2014. Forms can be returned via e-mail to Hollie.Campbell@tn.gov or by mail to Hollie Campbell, Deputy Director, Policy and Innovation, 400 Deaderick Street - 9th Floor, Nashville, TN 37243.