Lawmakers schedule “Listening Tour” in Jackson to assess services for persons with disabilities

NASHVILLE – Members of the Tennessee General Assembly’s Ad-Hoc Committee on Disability Services have scheduled an informal “Listening Tour” in Jackson to assess state services for persons with disabilities.  Among those attending are the co-chairs of the group Senator Becky Massey (R-Knoxville) and Representative Debra Moody (R-Covington).  The meeting will take place at Jackson State Community College on Wednesday, September 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Jim Moss Center for Nursing in room 203.

The Ad-Hoc committee members were charged with reviewing all disability services in the state, with the goal to better streamline services and improve their quality, access and affordability.  The purpose of the meeting is to solicit input from consumers, advocates, and providers.

“As legislators we have the unique opportunity to study the vital services our state provides to some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens,” said Sen. Massey. “Regardless of what district we are elected to serve, we do our best to connect our constituents with the services and information they need. Through our review, we can better understand the challenges those with disabilities face, use that knowledge to better streamline access to services and promote independence within the community.”

“This event will enable us to gain valuable insight as to how we can better serve our vulnerable Tennessee citizens,” said Representative Moody. “The conversations that will take place as part of this tour will make us more effective at providing support and services needed so they continue to be empowered as they work to achieve their goals and ambitions.”

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