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Councils and Committees

The Department of Human Services' Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) participates in numerous councils, advisory boards and committees to build better partnerships in the community and improve the services it provides.  

*Community Tennessee Rehabilitation Centers Advisory Board
The local Tennessee Rehabilitation Centers Advisory Board is made up of business and community leaders from across the state.  The advisory board works to enhance the operation of the agency's network of centers by providing input and advise on program matters.

January 16 & 17, 2020, Location: TRC-Paris, 1108 Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN  38242
March 19 & 20 TBD, 2020, Location: TBD
June 25 & 26, 2020, Location: TRC-Smyrna
November 19 & 20, 2020 Location: TBD

*State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)

Meetings in Federal Fiscal Year 2020:

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 13, 2020, Location: Tennessee School for the Blind located at 115 Stewart’s Ferry Pike
Thursday, May 14, 2020, Location: Disability Rights Tennessee located at 2 International Plaza Suite 825 
Thursday, August 13, 2020, Location: TBD

The purpose of this meeting will be to review the Division of Rehabilitation Services’ responsibilities under Title I, relating to the extent, eligibility and effectiveness of services in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014.

Reasonable modifications and/or auxiliary aids/services are available upon request for members of the public who wish to attend the meeting.  Contact Paula Knisley by email at Paula.Knisley@tn.gov or phone at (615) 837-5049 to request the specific auxiliary aid/service you require in order to participate in the meeting of the State Rehabilitation Council.

*Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)

Meetings in Federal Fiscal Year 2020:

The next SILC quarterly meetings will be held from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST on

Thursday, March 26, 2020 
Thursday June 25, 2020
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Thursday, November 17, 2020

At Homewood Suites Nashville Airport, 2640 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN  37214

The purpose of the meeting will be to review the Division of Rehabilitation Services, Centers for Independent Living and Statewide Independent Living Council’s responsibility under Title VII, relating to promoting a philosophy of independent living in order to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. The SILC is required to hold regularly scheduled meetings that are open to the public.

Individuals who choose to attend remotely or require alternative modes of communication or accommodation should contact Dora Easterling preferably by email at SILCDirector@silctn.org or by text or voice at (615) 255-0283 thirty days prior to meeting if possible.

Please use the contact information below for more details relative to SILC activities.

Statewide Independent Living Council
23 Federal Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
Text/Voice: (615) 255-0283
Email SILCDirector@silctn.org

*Tennessee Council for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing (TCDDBHH)

The TCDDBHH exists to serve as an advocate for culturally appropriate services affecting Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing persons through coordination, public awareness, and consultation in areas of public service, health care, and education and employment.