transition into community based services

In 2016, Orange Grove closed its on-campus recycling center because of changes to and implementation of federal regulations governing the delivery of services to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). We enjoyed an extremely successful 25-plus year partnership with the city of Chattanooga to process all curbside recycling

Although we no longer process recyclables, we will continue to manage the sale and marketing of recyclable materials collected through Chattanooga's curbside programs as well as the collection centers. Orange Grove will continue to operate its Recycle Express program for local businesses and  will continue to provide excellent customer service at the five drop-off convenience centers located at Warner Park, DuPont, Batters Place, Brainerd Road, Patten Center, and Signal Mountain, as well as the refuse collection centers at Airport Road, North Access Road, and West 57th Street.

Orange Grove’s mission to serve individuals with IDD has not changed, and we will continue to engage community and business partners to maximize opportunities for individuals in the greater community.  

The changes are part of Orange Grove’s response to federal regulatory changes affecting funding sources for programs and services for IDD. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services implemented the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) final settings rule which requires that all settings in which Medicaid-reimbursed services and programs are provided are integrated and support full access to the greater community, as well as to include opportunities to seek employment, work in integrated settings, and earn a competitive wage.  

“The new regulation, while it presents us with certain challenges, really bolsters what Orange Grove’s mission has been since it began in 1953, which is to ‘recognize, support and celebrate the qualities of the individual,’” Orange Grove Executive Director Kyle Hauth says. “Orange Grove has been very successful in working with all its community partners in maximizing the opportunities for the individuals we serve to participate in their neighborhoods and communities, whether through work, recreation or volunteering. The new regulation really just reinforces our long-standing belief that the individuals we serve do best when there are plenty of community-based options. And, as ever, we need the support of this community and donors as we all work together to effectuate the changes.”

City officials echo the sentiment: “We value the long-standing partnership we’ve had with Orange Grove Center, and we are just as committed to working together through these changes,” said Justin Holland, administrator for the Department of Public Works. “As for our recycling program, the City is committed to good stewardship of resources, and we will continue to deliver efficient services that meet the needs of citizens through our recycling efforts.”

Click here for more information on the HCBS Settings Rule.

Click here to read the memorandum written by Orange Grove's Executive Director, Kyle Hauth, that further explains the reasoning behind the changes. 

Click here for a video explanation that will prove helpful in further understanding the transition of services.