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March 16, 2012

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DIDD Team,

Hope everyone had a nice week. Below, are various items I'd like to share:

Spotlighting Persons Served:  A couple weeks ago, some stories of person-centered thinking in action were highlighted. We’ve recently been made aware of other encouraging and life-changing events.

Garrett Jones, who lives in Memphis, receives Supported Living from Faith Specialized Care Services and recently had his decision-making rights restored. Mr. Jones had a conservator most of his adult life and is now excited to make his own decisions and work on goals he has set. He works at both Kroger and Target. Mr. Jones also regularly plays basketball in the Special Olympics.

Missy Henson, who lives in Murfreesboro, receives services from Tennessee Family Solutions. Ms. Henson has worked at Middle Tennessee State University’s dining room for 12 years. She recently received her purple belt in Karate and is working towards her green belt. Ms. Henson has also been selected as a member of the Black Belt Club, which is a great honor. This club recognizes those who not only exhibit Karate skills, but have good attendance and a positive attitude.

Personal Inventories:  When persons change residential provider agencies or homes within the same provider agency, complete and uto-date personal inventories need to be in place.  The DIDD Personal Funds Policy sets expectations for transfer of possessions as well as documentation related to personal property.  When moves occur, providers need to check  personal inventories, assuring the listed possessions have transferred.  The person's ISC and if needed, the appropriate Regional Office, need to be made aware of any discrepancies or concerns.

Legislative Update:  DIDD’s Administration Bill (HB 2364/SB 2226) concerning a statewide Admissions Review Committee, has now passed through the House and Senate. Upon passage into law, local admissions review boards at Clover Bottom, Greene Valley, and Harold Jordan Center, will now become a single, centralized statewide admissions review committee  for voluntary admissions into the developmental centers. Current regulations will soon be amended and then promulgated to implement this proposed change in the law.

DIDD has one remaining Administration Bill (HB 2363/SB 2225), concerning licensure. The bill would transfer the responsibility of licensing DIDD facilities from Mental Health to DIDD.  The bill is on the calendar for House Government Operations on March 21, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. CST.

S.M.A.R.T. Formula Training:  This acronym stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Sensitive. One of the state’s goals this year is for all state employees, both Career and Executive Service, to have a job plan created using the S.M.A.R.T. formula.

The formula will aid supervisors and managers in creating job plans based on outcomes that are aligned with DIDD’s mission, rather than focusing on activities.

The Performance Evaluation cycle has been modified to incorporate this formula. Job plans originally due by March 31st, are now due by June 30th. Two interims will be due during the next 12 months and a final evaluation will be due on June 30, 2013.
Supervisors and managers must have this training before developing job plans for staff. Human Resources and Staff Development will be providing it over the next several weeks. If you’re a supervisor/manager, you are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

East Planning and Policy Council:  This meeting will be held March 22, 2012 in Knoxville from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST in the L.T. Ross Building, Room A. It is open to the public, space permitting. If requiring ADA assistance, please contact Marla Stair-Wood at (865) 588-0508, ext. 119.

NADD Webinars:  Please view attached flyer. NADD, an association for persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities and mental health needs, is offering a series of webinars aimed at Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and early-career professionals and students. There are a limited number of registrations and some webinars are free. This is a great opportunity for our DSPs to take advantage of learning and training options available to them. For further details, please contact www.thenadd.org.

House Budget Hearing:  DIDD presented its Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Recommended Budget to the House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee on March 14th. If interested, archival footage is available at http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/.


Have a great weekend!