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The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) is the state agency responsible for administering services and support to Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is done in several ways, including Medicaid waiver Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), state-operated ICF/IIDs, and the Family Support Program. DIDD administers services directly or through contracts with community providers. DIDD strives to partner with the people it supports and their family members and friends.

Vision: 

Support all Tennesseans with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live fulfilling and rewarding lives.


Mission: 

To become the nation’s most person-centered and cost effective state support system for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Brad Turner

Commissioner

Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities


Commissioner Turner was born in Orange Park, Florida and spent his formative years as a teenager with his parents Bill and Sharon and brother Brent in Arcadia, Florida. After graduating from Desoto County High School, Turner accepted a baseball scholarship to Trevecca Nazarene College (now University) in Nashville, TN. Turner graduated from Trevecca with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998. 

Since 2008, Turner has been Director - Client Services for HealthStream, Inc., a Nashville based health care company providing solution based services for healthcare organizations around the country. Turner was responsible for leading support efforts for over 4 million users and over 2,000 healthcare organizations. This experience has only fueled his passion for providing necessary services and understanding needs of individuals, families, and caretakers who benefit from these programs.

Turner also served as Rutherford county commissioner since 2010. He was the commission chaplain, chair of the Steering, Legislative, and Governmental committee and appointed as member of the Ethics committee in 2012. Previously he was also Chair of the Historic Smyrna zoning commission and was appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to serve on the state Interagency Coordinating Council which advocates for special needs children and families through early intervention programs since 2014. 

Brad has been married to Rebecca since 1999 and they have a daughter Kinsley who was born in 2006. They have lived in Rutherford county since 2003 and have called Tennessee home for over 20 years. He is a member of Concord Community Church of the Nazarene and serves on their leadership board. As a parent of a special needs child who inspires him every day, Turner recognizes the value of the services provided by DIDD and understands the impact it can have on individuals and families. His passion lies in being their advocate and working with an outstanding department and group of dedicated Tennesseans to be the best in the nation.

In his spare time, Turner enjoys playing golf, supporting ministries at his church, reading, and spending time with his family at home.


Commissioner, Brad Turner