Focus Areas

The Statewide Planning and Policy Council (SPPC) collaborates on issues affecting the department, providers, families, and advocates. Recommendations were submitted to the department surrounding issues that face those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including but not limited to finding solutions to the ongoing DSP workforce crisis, the expansion of Enabling Technology, transportation, and affordable housing.

The SPPC has played an important role in the development and improvement of DIDD programs and policies. Therefore, the council will be an important voice in assisting the department in creating and developing IDD Program Integration as a feedback stakeholder group.


  • Meets quarterly in Nashville, TN
  • Member terms are for 3 years

If you're interested in volunteering to serve on the Middle Regional Planning and Policy Council, please complete the interest form linked below. If you have any questions, please contact Natalie.Peron@tn.gov.

SPPC Membership Interest Form

Billy Worsham Sevierville, TN
Family Member/Self Advocate/Chair
December 2021 to December 2023
Rep. Rebecca Alexander Nashville, TN 
TN House of Representatives
June 2021 to November 2022
Terry Jo Bichell Brentwood, TN
Advocate for Seniors
November 2021 to November 2024
Valeria Cobb Hendersonville, TN
Family Member
February 2020 to February 2023
Teresa Cooper Oakland, TN
Other Affected
May 2021 to May 2024
Jennifer Enderson Oak Ridge, TN
At-Large Representative
October 2021 to October 2024
Phil Garner Waynesboro, TN
February 2021 to February 2024
Teresa Grimmett Centerville, TN
Family Member
May 2021 to May 2024
Sen. Becky Massey Nashville, TN
TN Senate
January 2021 to January 2023
Scott Maulsby Lebanon, TN
Family Member
February 2020 to February 2023
Melanie Preston Knoxville, TN
Katie Beckett Family Member
April 2021 to April 2024
Stephanie Rogers Lexington, TN
Advocate for Children
August 2019 to August 2022
Jen Vogus Brentwood, TN
Advocate for Adults
August 2021 to August 2024
Mimi Sanders Brentwood, TN
November 2021 to November 2024
Courtney Taylor Cordova, TN
February 2021 to February 2024
Deniece Thomas Nashville, TN
Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development
February 2020 to February 2023
Ty Thornton Nashville, TN
Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
November 2020 to November 2023
Teresa Winnette Shelbyville, TN
TEIS Provider
May 2020 to May 2023