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New and Revised Protocols

The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities has received approval from TennCare regarding the new protocols for Intensive Behavioral Residential Services and Semi-Independent Living Services. In addition, the Employment and Day Services protocol has been revised which now includes the new component of In-Home Day Services.

Intensive Behavioral Residential Services is a new residential service which has been implemented to address those persons supported who exhibit high risk behavior which places themselves and others in danger of harm. This is a residential service option which offers flexibility which is adjusted based on the person's level of need. This service is not designed to be an indefinite, long term residential support service.

Semi-Independent Living Services is a new residential service which is only available to those persons enrolled in the Self-Determination Waiver. This service option allows flexibility for the person to change to a residential, semi-independent living arrangement. The target population for this residential service regard those persons who need intermittent or limited support to remain in their own home and do not require staff that lives on site.

The Employment and Day Services protocol has been revised to include the new component of In-Home Day Services. This service option allows for provision of Day Services in the person's home if there is a health, behavioral, or other medical reason or if the person has chosen retirement or is unable to participate in services outside of their home such as community-based, facility-based or supportive employment.

These protocols can be found at: http://www.tn.gov/didd/provider_agencies/Protocols.shtml

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