Nashville, TN – Tennessee Community Organizations (TNCO), a trade association for community services agencies, selected Senator Randy McNally (R–Dist. 5), as co-recipient of their 2013 Legislator of the Year Award, along with Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Dist.3). The honors were bestowed at TNCO’s annual awards luncheon, held in Nashville on August 14, 2013.
The Senators were selected because of their success in securing $2 million dollars of the FY2014 state budget to fund a rate increase for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) contracted community services agencies.
Senator McNally stated, “I am very pleased that we were able to get the DIDD money. This will be a big help to community providers. I know this increase will be used efficiently and effectively to get disabled citizens the help they need.”
The $2 million state dollars will draw down $3,797,100 in federal funds; totaling $5,797,100 overall for provider rate increases.
TNCO’s member agencies provide an array of services, such as supported employment, residential services, day services, respite services, personal assistance, professional services, specialized medical equipment, etc. to approximately 8,000 Tennesseans with disabilities. There are nearly 13,000 people employed by TNCO member agencies, working from frontline direct support to managers and directors. TNCO member agencies provide services to 79% of the people receiving waiver services from the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
TNCO gratefully thanks Senator McNally for recognizing the difficulties faced by community services providers who haven’t seen a rate increase in over 7 years.
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