Medicaid Alternative Pathways to Independence (MAPs)

MAPs is a program that will set people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities on a path to learn skills to help them work, live independently, learn about their neighborhoods, and find hobbies that interest them. The services in this program will help persons supported effectively identify community interests and resources by building their own Virtual Community Resource Map (VCRM), assist in establishing true and meaningful community networks and develop independent living skills through supports such as technology-enhanced and smart home living skills, community transportation, peer mentoring, and an array of employment services.  

Who is eligible for MAPs?

MAPs has funding to serve up to 1,250 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities either exiting the school system or who have recently exited and may be waiting for traditional waiver services.

What will the program provide?

The MAPs program will provide services that encourage sustainable independence and focus on:

  • Identifying people and places in their local communities that share like interests or align with their future goals
  • Learning to harness the power of accessible and affordable technologies to foster their own functional independence
  • How to navigate and travel independently in their community and how to build natural support networks
  • Independent living skills

Participants will receive an annual cap of $20,000 for up to 3 years while enrolled in the program.

When will enrollment begin?

Although the program still requires budget approval by the Tennessee General Assembly, DIDD and TennCare anticipate enrollment to begin in Fall 2022.

How will services be provided?

MAPs will consist of network providers of I/DD services who demonstrate a commitment to building pathways to independence for persons supported. Preferred providers will have accreditation or organizational qualifiers in Technology First (SHIFT Accreditation), Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL), Employment 1st, and Person-Centered Organizations. 


DIDD is holding two WebEx presentations for families, persons supported, and others on our new Medicaid Alternative Pathways to Independence (MAPs) program. These presentations will introduce the program, the Virtual Community Resource Map (VCRM), other services offered within the program, and the roll-out plan! 

Wednesday, August 17th
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CT
Meeting link:
Meeting number (access code): 2306 732 0776
Meeting password: DIDD 
Join by phone +1-415-655-0001
Access code: 2306 732 0776

Wednesday, August 24th
6 to 7:30 p.m. CT
Meeting link:
Meeting number (access code): 2314 747 6660
Meeting password: DIDD
Join by phone +1-415-655-0001
Access code: 2314 747 6660

Contact Information

Jason "Jay" Camperlino
Youth Transitions Director - MAPS