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Official appointments are underway for five Planning and Policy Councils that were created in the Tennessee Code Annotated when DIDD became a department. We are looking forward to the input and ideas these Councils will generate and welcome this new collaboration between DIDD, providers, families, and advocates.
The first luncheon is scheduled for January 31st. We will have two participants from Buffalo River Services and three from Independent Opportunities, Inc. The agency director and direct support professionals for persons served are certainly welcome to accompany. The next date will be towards the end of February. If providers are interested in submitting names of persons served by the agency, please continue to contact Felicia Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org. She will maintain a waiting list where additional participants will be randomly selected each month. Thanks to all who have expressed their interest thus far.
State revenue collections for December were $965.7 million or 16.54% above December 2010. December collections posted the eighth consecutive month in which the growth rate has been 5.0% or higher. On an accrual basis, December is the fifth month in the 2011-2012 Fiscal Year. Hopefully, a continual growth in revenue collection may result in less required budget reductions.
A reminder to everyone Governor Haslam is set to deliver his annual address with a tentative date of January 30th. It will likely be available on www.TN.gov for viewing. Further details will be provided in next week's edition.
The following DIDD Administration Bills are on the calendar for the week of January 23rd:
The bills listed above will be heard before the House Health and Human Resources Sub-Committee, Tuesday, January 24th at 10:30 a.m.