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Tennessee

1. State CHIP Program
TennCare
(800) 669-1851

2. Early Intervention

Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Ages Birth through 2
Jamie Kilpatrick, Director of Early Childhood Programs
Tennessee’s Early Intervention System (TEIS)
Tennessee Department of Education
Division of Special Education
710 James Robertson Parkway, 7th Floor
Andrew Johnson Tower
Nashville, TN 37243-0375
(615) 741-3537; (800) 852-7157
Web

Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3 through 5
Debbie Cate, Preschool/619 Coordinator
Tennessee Department of Education
Division of Special Education
2763 Island Home Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37920
(865) 594-5691
(888) 212-3162 (Special Education questions)
Web

3. Education Support

State Department of Education: Special Education
Joseph Fisher, Assistant Commissioner
Division of Special Education
Department of Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 7th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0380
(615) 741-2851; (888) 212-3162
Web & E-mail

State Coordinator for NCLB (No Child Left Behind)
Julie McCargar, Executive Director of Federal Programs
Department of Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 5th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0380
(615) 532-6297
Web & E-mail

4. Vocational Rehabilitation

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Andrea Cooper, Assistant Commissioner
Division of Rehabilitation Services
Department of Human Services
400 Deaderick Street, l5th Floor
Nashville, TN 37248-0060
(615) 313-4714
Web & E-mail

Coordinator for Transition Services
Jane Winstead, Director for Transition Services
Tennessee Department of Education
Division of Special Education
2763 Island Home Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37920
(865) 594-5691
E-mail

5. Developmental Disabilities

Councils on Developmental Disabilities
Wanda Willis, Executive Director
Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities
Andrew Jackson Building
500 Deaderick Street, 13th Floor, Suite 1310
Nashville, TN 37243-0228
(615) 532-6615
Web & E-mail

6. Mental Health Agency

State Mental Health Agency
Virginia Trotter-Betts, Commissioner
Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Cordell Hull Building, 3rd Floor
425 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 532-6500
Web & E-mail

State Mental Health Representative for Children and Youth
Richard A. Edgar, MS, Director
Office of Children and Youth
Division of Special Populations and Minority Initiatives
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Cordell Hull Building, 5th Floor
425 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
(615) 253-4800; (615) 532-6612 (TTY)
Web & E-mail

7. Referral Centers

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Frederick B. Palmer, M.D., Director
Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
711 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, TN 38105
(901) 448-6512; (888) 572-2249
(901) 448-4677 (TTY)
Web & E-mail

8. Links

Protection and Advocacy Agency
Shirley Shea, Executive Director
Disability Law and Advocacy Center
P.O. Box 121257
Nashville, TN 37212
(901) 458-6013; (800) 342-1660 (Toll-free in TN only)
(888) 852-2852 (TTY)
Web & E-mail
 
Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Dee Hitz, Nursing Consultant
Children’s Special Services
Tennessee Department of Health
Cordell Hull Building, 5th Floor
425 5th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37247-4750
(615) 741-2703
Web & E-mail

NICHCY

Updated: August, 2007
A publication of the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

 
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