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SPPC

Focus Areas

The Statewide Planning and Policy Council (SPPC) collaborates on issues affecting the department, providers, families, and advocates. Recommendations were submitted to the department surrounding issues that face those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including but not limited to finding solutions to the ongoing DSP workforce crisis, the expansion of Enabling Technology, transportation, and affordable housing.

The SPPC has played an important role in the development and improvement of DIDD programs and policies. Therefore, the council will be an important voice in assisting the department in creating and developing IDD Program Integration as a feedback stakeholder group.

Laura Brown Nashville, TN
Advocate for Seniors
August 2018 to August 2021
Valeria Cobb Hendersonville, TN
Family Member
February 2020 to February 2023
Teresa Cooper Oakland, TN
Other Affected
May 2018 to May 2021
Jennifer Enderson Oak Ridge, TN
At-Large Representative
November 2018 to October 2021
Phil Garner Waynesboro, TN
Provider
February 2021 to February 2024
Teresa Grimmett Centerville, TN
Family Member
May 2018 to May 2021
Sen. Becky Massey Nashville, TN
TN Senate
January 2021 to January 2023
Scott Maulsby Lebanon, TN
Family Member
February 2020 to February 2023
Dr. Arie Nettles Nashville, TN
Advocate for Children/Chair
January 2020 to January 2022
Maurice Patton Franklin, TN
At-Large Representative
May 2020 to May 2023
Melanie Preston Knoxville, TN
Katie Beckett Family Member
April 2021 to April 2024
Melissa Richards Hermitage, TN
Advocate for Adults
May 2018 to May 2021
Connie Richardson Clarksville, TN
Family Member
August 2018 to August 2021
Stephanie Rogers Lexington, TN
Advocate for Children
August 2019 to August 2022
Courtney Taylor Cordova, TN
Self-Advocate
February 2021 to February 2024
Deniece Thomas Nashville, TN
Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development
February 2020 to February 2023
Ty Thornton Nashville, TN
Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
November 2020 to November 2023
Robert Vaughn Columbia, TN
Self-Advocate
August 2018 to August 2021
Rep. Sam Whitson Franklin, TN
TN House of Representatives
February 2021 to February 2023
Teresa Winnette Shelbyville, TN
TEIS Provider
May 2020 to May 2023