MAPs Information for Providers

MAPs is a program that will set people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities on a path to learn skills to help them work, live independently, learn about their neighborhoods, and find hobbies that interest them. The services in this program will help persons supported effectively identify community interests and resources by building their own Virtual Community Resource Map (VCRM), assist in establishing true and meaningful community networks and develop independent living skills through supports such as technology-enhanced and smart home living skills, community transportation, peer mentoring, and an array of employment services.  

MAPs has funding to serve up to 1,250 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities either exiting the school system or who have recently exited and may be waiting for traditional waiver services.

The MAPs program will provide services that encourage sustainable independence and focus on:

  • Identifying people and places in their local communities that share like interests or align with their future goals
  • Learning to harness the power of accessible and affordable technologies to foster their own functional independence
  • How to navigate and travel independently in their community and how to build natural support networks
  • Independent living skills

Participants will receive an annual cap of $20,000 for up to 3 years while enrolled in the program.

Although the program still requires budget approval by the Tennessee General Assembly, DIDD and TennCare anticipate enrollment to begin in Winter 2022.

MAPs will consist of network providers of I/DD services who demonstrate a commitment to building pathways to independence for persons supported. Preferred providers will have accreditation or organizational qualifiers in Technology First (SHIFT Accreditation), Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL), Employment 1st, and Person-Centered Organizations. 

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