NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Sen. Becky Massey (R-Knoxville) has been appointed to co-chair the Joint Ad Hoc Committee on Disability Services by Lt. Governor Randy McNally and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. Massey will be co-chairing the committee with Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland).
The committee will review all disability services in the state, discuss ways to better streamline services and improve their quality, access and affordability. The committee will also hold hearings in all grand divisions of the state and solicit input from consumers, advocates, providers and state departments.
“As legislators we have the unique opportunity to study the vital services our state provides to some of Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens,” said 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.”
Massey’s expertise on disability services comes from decades of experience as the executive director of the Sertoma Center, making her the only business woman in the general assembly who is a provider of social services. She has served on the Statewide Planning and Policy Council for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and she has also been awarded the Freedom Award for Legislative Excellence from Disability Rights TN for her service.
“I look forward to working with the committee to ensure that our departments are functioning efficiently and best serving our state,” added Massey.
Other legislative members of the committee are Sens. Janice Bowling, Sara Kyle, Kerry Roberts, Reps. Sabi Kumar, Debra Moody, Darren Jernigan and Ron Lollar.