Dozens of agencies in Middle Tennessee provide services for people who have developmental disabilities. Only a few agencies, however, are meeting the challenges of serving people in the community whose disabilities are multiple and severe. One agency is especially dedicated to providing the families/guardians of people with severe disabilities the peace of mind that comes with knowing that their loved ones receive high quality care and services, overseen by a governing board consisting of families/guardians just like them – and that agency is TFS.
TFS is the first private agency in Tennessee founded by families/guardians specifically to meet the special needs of people in transition from living in a state Developmental Center, and people with similar needs. TFS has: A proven track record of serving people with high levels of need in the community (initially, nearly all of the people we served had transitioned from Clover Bottom Developmental Center); A strong commitment to high quality, innovation, use of best practices, comprehensive and ongoing quality evaluation, and program improvement; The initial support of professional consultants from the University of Kansas who have conducted applied research in the field of developmental disabilities for decades, with 25-plus years of experience serving people with severe disabilities in community settings; Utilization of the Teaching Family Model; A “family matters” philosophy.