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Family Support Program Funded by Legislature

The 2010 Tennessee legislative session ended last week. The legislature approved the Tennessee Family Support Program in the 2010-11 budget as submitted by Governor Bredesen. Please write your legislators and thank them for their support of this critical program. We are deeply grateful to all the families and supporters who made your voice heard in [...]

Unpaid Caregivers

In 2008, approximately 43.5 million Americans served as unpaid caregivers to a family member over the age of 50. Nearly one-fifth of employed people were caregivers who provided care to a person over age 50. This important statistic can be found in “Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility”, a report by the President [...]

Bredesen: Family Support will be in 2010-11 Proposed Budget

Click image for video In Governor Bredesen 's State of Tennessee address, he announced that Family Support is included in the budget he has presented to the legislature for 2010-2011. The funds he proposes to utilize for the program are reserve funds, commonly known as “rainy day” funds. He is also recommending that the new [...]

Knoxville Mayor 's Council November Meeting on Family Support

The Knoxville Mayor 's Council on Disability Issues devoted its November meeting to the Family Support program and the impact of the program 's potential loss on people in the Knoville area. Click Here to view the entire discussion online.

Arc of Davidson Newsletter Focuses on Family Support

SAVE FAMILY SUPPORT! Download pdf of this newsletter Dear Friends: This issue of our newsletter is devoted to Family Support. There is a very good reason for this: In July of this year, the Division of Intellectual Disabilities announced that Family Support would be eliminated as of July 2010 – only a few months from [...]

Report on the Governor 's Budget Hearing

The Governor 's Budget Hearing on the Tennessee Division of Intellectual Disabilities took place on Thursday November 19, 2009. Interim Deputy Commissioner Debra Payne presented the divisional budget to the Governor. At the beginning of the online video of the budget presentation, there is a wide view of the meeting room. This camera angle includes [...]

A Christmas Miracle Needed for the Family Support Program

by Linda Hensley Here it is again…that time of year…when your thoughts turn to others…when you think about giving, instead of receiving. Don 't get me wrong, I like to receive as well as every other person. But, it seems that this year is a little different than times before. Financially, this past year [...]

Easter Seals and SABE hosting Family Support Conference Calls

News From West Tennessee: Easter Seals, in collaboration with Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), is hosting a series of monthly conference calls on Family Support. Each call is designed for families of children with developmental disabilities and self-advocates to learn more about family support options, as well as how to advocate for service improvements. This [...]

Governor 's Budget Hearing November 19

Governor Bredesen is holding public departmental budget hearings this week. The Division of Intellectual Disability Services, which oversees the Family Support Program is scheduled to present their budget recommendations from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, November 19. The hearing will be held in the State Capitol Building. As of today, the State of Tennessee [...]

Greene County Skills Newsletter Focuses on Family Support

The Phone Call 8:07 A.M. The phone is “flashing with voice mails waiting to be heard. Families are needing respite, homemaker, personal assistance, specialized equipment that their insurance will not cover, home modification, etc. Family Support is what they need. And, the phone is ringing . . . “Greene County Skills Family Support . . [...]