Family Support Program Orange Grove Center

Do YOU or a FAMILY MEMBER have a  severe or developmental disability?

A severe or developmental disability is defined as a mental or physical impairment likely to continue indefinitely.

If the impairment results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following major life activities, it is considered a severe disability.

  • Self-Care
  • Receptive and Expressive Language
  • Learning
  • Mobility
  • Self-Direction
  • Capacity for Independent Living
  • Economic Self-Sufficiency

about the program

The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) Family Support Program is designed to assist individuals with severe disabilities and their families to remain together in their homes and communities. 

A key element of the Family Support Program is family and consumer involvement. Local councils have been established and meet on a
regular basis to oversee the distribution of funds.


The primary purpose is to support: 

Families with children with severe or developmental disabilities, school age and younger.

Adults with severe or developmental disabilities who choose to live with their families. 

Adults with severe or developmental disabilities who are residing in the community in an unsupported setting (not a state or federally funded program).

how we can help 

Funding is provided for services/supports, such as: 

Respite care, personal assistance services, before/after care child/adult daycare, dental care, homemaker services, minor home modifications and vehicular modifications, specialized equipment, health-related costs, behavior therapy, recreation/summer camp.

For more information about services and supports covered by the program, click here.

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. 

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, 2019.  


The program is limited to full time State of Tennessee residents who have a permanent severe disability that results in significant limitations in 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, ECF Choices Program, TennCare Choices Program, or Pace Program are not eligible to receive Family Support Funding.

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

Were born with a severe or developmental disability or acquired it in childhood

Have been severely disabled by injury/trauma (brain injury, spinal cord injury, loss of limbs)

Have a neurological/neuromuscular disorder (ALS, Muscular Dystrophy, or Multiple Sclerosis)

For information on what is required to apply for the program, click here.

Counties Served

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.


To apply for the fiscal year 2018-2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019) please download our application here.

Open enrollment is January 1 - March 30 of every year.

We continue to accept applications throughout the year and applicants will be added to our waitlist if there are no funds available. 


Click here for a list of frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.

Need funding now?

If you have a crisis/urgent situation for the current fiscal year 2017-2018, please call or email us concerning availability of crisis funding in your county.

For more information contact:

Kristi Tankersley, LMSW
Assistant Director, Family Support Program
615 Derby Street
Chattanooga, TN 37404
phone: 423.664.5120
fax: 423.664.5122
email: [email protected]

For more information about the Family Support Program, visit