Tennessee’s Employment and Community First CHOICES program, serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, was implemented in 2016 following robust engagement of the people and families who would be served by the program and extensive collaboration across state agencies and the advocacy community. The program emphasizes employment and community inclusion as the first and preferred option for people with intellectual and development disabilities and provides a broad array of services responding to the diverse needs shared by people and families.
The National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems (NCAPPS) presents a webinar: "Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement: A Collaborative Approach to Programs for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Their Families" on January 22.
Participants in this webinar will learn:
- The critical role that people and families played in proactively initiating conversations with state agencies;
- The partnership between state agencies to develop a comprehensive approach to service delivery; and
- The importance of stakeholder engagement early in the program design phase, throughout implementation, and ongoing as the program continues to evolve to ensure services address stakeholder needs.
All NCAPPS webinars are recorded and archived at ncapps.acl.gov.
NCAPPS assists states, tribes, and territories to transform their long-term care service and support systems to implement U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy on person-centered thinking, planning, and practices. It supports a range of person-centered thinking, planning, and practices, regardless of funding source. Activities include providing technical assistance to states, tribes, and territories; establishing communities of practice to promote best practices; hosting educational webinars; and creating a national clearinghouse of resources to support person-centered practice. Visit the NCAPPS website for more information.