The Tennessee Family Support Program is a statewide program funded by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD).  

The program provides limited financial assistance to individuals with severe disabilities who reside in the community.  Funding is available for services and supports that are not otherwise covered by insurance or other resources. These services and supports may include:

  •  Respite, Personal Assistance, Homemaking
  • Adult/child day care
  • Dental Care
  • Therapy
  • Home and Vehicle Modifications (such as wheelchair lifts, ramps)
  • Special Equipment (such as communication devices, assistive technology, independent living aids)
  • Health related supplies
  • Minor home repairs
  • Summer camps/recreational activities


The program is limited to full time State of Tennessee residents who have a severe disability that is permanent and results in significant limitations in their daily life.  Individuals who reside in a nursing home, state funded living facility (including state funded foster care), or are receiving services through the DIDD Waiver Program, TennCare Choices Program, or Pace Program are not eligible to recieve Family Support Funding.

Although all severe disabilities are considered, the primary focus of the Family Support Program is to provide services to those who:

  1. Were born with a severe or developmental disability or acquired it in childhood
  2. Have been severely disabled by injury/trauma (brain injury, spinal cord injury, loss of limbs)
  3. Have a neurological/neuromuscular disorder (ALS, Muscular Dystrophy, or Multiple Sclerosis)

Orange Grove Center provides funding for the Tennessee Family Support Program in the following counties:

Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, and Sequatchie

For all other counties or for more information about the Family Support Program, visit

To apply:

1. Download and print application, click here 
2. Request application by email:
3. Call and request application: 423.664.5120

All funding requests must be approved by the District 3 Family Support Council.  Not all who are eligible may be selected to receive funding.  Funding is limited and cannot be guaranteed beyond the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.  

For more information contact:

Kristi Tankersley, LMSW
Assistant Director, Family Support Program
615 Derby Street
Chattanooga, TN 37404
tel: 423.664.5120