Developmental Centers

DIDD operates two developmental centers which are certified as Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID): Harold Jordan Center located in Nashville, and Greene Valley Developmental Center located in Greeneville. These developmental centers are Medicaid-certified facilities that provide 24-hour residential care to support and maintain the physical, intellectual, social and emotional capabilities of people with an intellectual disability. In addition, the Harold Jordan Center offers a residential program that provides specialized services including forensic and behavior stabilization services to persons with an intellectual disability. 12 Beds at the Harold Jordan Center are certified to provide ICF/IID services for persons with severe behavioral challenges.

The developmental centers are primarily responsible for ensuring the daily health, safety and welfare of people who reside there while also providing for their daily services and supports. The services typically provided are personalized care, self-help training, ambulating, communication and socialization skills, intensive care for personalized habilitation training in self-help, language development and motor skills for people with intellectual disabilities. Medical treatment is also provided to people who live at the facility.


Contact Information

Greene Valley Developmental Center
Diane Brightwell, Chief Officer
4850 East Andrew Johnson Highway
PO Box 910
Greeneville, TN 37744-0910
423-787-6975 (Fax)

Harold Jordan Center
Pierre Womble, Director

Tennessee's history with institutional care began in 1923 when Clover Bottom opened its doors.  Originally called the Tennessee Home and Training School for Feeble-Minded Persons, CBDC admitted 248 people in the first nine months of operation.  The institution's census peaked in 1963 at 1,563.  During the 1960s, two other institutions were built: Greene Valley Developmental Center (GVDC) in 1962 and Arlington Developmental Center (ADC) in 1968.  As the best-practice trend in the field of intellectual disabilities shifted from institutional to community care, the census at Tennessee's large institutions declined substantially. In compliance with the CBDC, et al lawsuit Exit Plan, the department is working with conservators and families at Greene Valley Developmental Center to transition to private ICF/IID facilities or into Home and Community Based Waiver services. The Greene Valley transition process is scheduled for completion by June 30, 2016.  The state previously closed Clover Bottom Developmental Center in 2015, Arlington Developmental Center in 2010, and Nat T. Winston Developmental Center in 1998.