Breaking Ground 111 - Have you heard about MAPs?

Medicaid Alternative Pathways to Independence (MAPs) is a new Tennessee program coming November 1, 2022. MAPs will help people with intellectual or developmental disabilities live, work, and travel independently in their communities. MAPs is a different approach to supports for independence and work skills. It uses technology as a foundation. The program is offered through the TN Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Who is MAPs for?

MAPs is for anyone who has an intellectual and/or developmental disability AND

Why is MAPs needed?

This program will offer services that help answer the question, “What is the plan after high school?” It will use technology and person-centered support to help the member grow their skills at home, at work, and in the community. The program will offer services for 3 years to help the member build their independence.

How does MAPs work?

The program will provide technology and supports like:

  • A cell phone and apps, including a personal map. The map will give step-by-step directions to help the member get to important places in their community (like work, home, or places they visit with family and friends) without needing someone’s help.
  • Other technology as needed to help the member stay safe at home or get help if they need it.
  • Peer mentoring to help with learning new skills.

The program will focus on goals for independence at home, at work, and in the community. Those might be things like:

  • Managing money
  • Taking medications correctly
  • Finding a good job
  • Getting promoted
  • Building relationships in the community
  • Finding fun local places to go

MAPs services will last for 3 years. They will be provided by agencies who sign up to offer the program. People who are getting vocational rehabilitation (VR) services can still sign up for MAPs.

How can I learn more?

This short video from DIDD explains the MAPs program:

For more information about MAPs, visit The website has a presentation with more details about the program, a one-page flier, and answers to frequently asked questions. You can also contact DIDD Youth Transition Director Jay Camperlino directly at:

The online application for MAPs will go live on November 1, 2022 – watch DIDD’s website and social media accounts for news.


Information adapted from DIDD’s website and family/persons supported presentations