Clover Bottom Exit Plan
In April 1996, DIDD entered into a settlement agreement with the advocacy group People First, which had sued the state, charging violations of CRIPA at Clover Bottom and Greene Valley Developmental Centers. The United States Department of Justice strongly suggested that the state settle and, in December 1996, sued the state to become a party in the settlement negotiations.
Starting in May 2014, DIDD, the Bureau of TennCare and the Attorney General's office participated in court-ordered mediation for six months to reach an Exit Plan that ultimately will lead to the end of the nearly 20-year-old lawsuit. The Exit Plan was agreed to and executed by all of the parties to the lawsuit: the State, the U.S. Department of Justice, People First of Tennessee and the Parent Guardian Associations of Clover Bottom Developmental Center and Greene Valley Developmental Center.
On January 29, 2015, an order was issued by U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp approving the Exit Plan. The order entered by Judge Sharp calls for a two-phase dismissal of the lawsuit based on the state completing obligations set forth in the Exit Plan.
The first phase is comprised of eight responsibilities DIDD and TennCare must complete by December 31, 2015 in order for the lawsuit to be partially dismissed.
The second phase requires the closure of Greene Valley Developmental Center in Greeneville by June 30, 2016. Upon closure, the lawsuit would be fully and finally dismissed.
Exit Plan Documents
- Joint Motion of All Parties, and Combined Memorandum In Support, to Approve Exit Plan and Enter Agreed Order (PDF)
- CBDC Order Approving Exit Plan (PDF)
- CBDC Memorandum Approving Exit Plan (PDF)