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MHDS serves approximately 270+ persons and employs more than 450 staff in West Tennessee including Madison, Haywood, Hardeman, Hardin, Decatur, Chester, McNairy, Gibson, Fayette and Henderson counties with varying levels of service.


Service plans are designed for each individual for optimal independence and dignity. Each person’s care is directed by the development of an Individual Support Plan (ISP) with full participation by the recipient or their conservator and all stakeholders providing care or services.


Find out more about the different services we provide by clicking a box on the left.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month!

Governor Bill Haslam has once more issued a proclamation designating March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Gov. Haslam shared, “I’m proud of our state’s commitment to increasing opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to pursue their goals, contribute to their communities and live quality lives. From inclusive higher education programs on college campuses, to the Employment First focus of state and community agencies, to the new ABLE TN savings program led by the Tennessee Treasury Department, there are countless examples of state agencies, community organizations and families working together to make sure Tennesseans with developmental disabilities have the chance to thrive.”

Read the entire press release here.


Transition Tennessee Web Portal

The state has implemented a new professional development portal that brings together resources and best practices for promoting successful transitions for students with disabilities. This portal is helpful for parents, teachers, advocates, service providers, and others in the student’s life. Visit the portal at http://transitiontn.org to create a free account and get access to the blueprint for student success!



The Tennessee Disability MegaConference is Coming Up!

The MegaConference is a statewide disability conference with hundreds of attendees each year, including individuals with disabilities, families, providers, and professionals across the disability field. The Council, along with Disability Rights TN, TN Disability Coalition, The Arc TN, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and many other agencies, helps plan and sponsor the conference.


Need information about disability resources in your community?

Contact TN Disability Pathfinder.

Helpline: 1-800-640-4636;
Multilingual Services: 615-875-5083


The Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities is an independent office in state government. The Council leads initiatives statewide to improve policies and practices that affect everyday lives of Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Contact Emma Shouse, Director of Communications, at emma.shouse@tn.gov or 615-253-5368.

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