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.
*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, 9:00am-2:00pm: This meeting will be via Zoom.
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 Ryan Jolley by email at Ryan.Jolley@tn.gov or phone at (615) 253-4733 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 2021:
The next SILC quarterly meeting will be held on
Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST
Meeting will be held via Zoom
To view the details for attending the SILC quarterly meeting please visit the SILC of Tennessee website at: https://www.silctn.org/
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
Phone: (731) 241-1170
*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.
The Tennessee Council for the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Quarterly meeting schedule is below. More details for each meeting will be announced once finalized.
February 5, 2021
May 7, 2021
August 6, 2021
November 5, 2021
*All meetings will be conducted virtually until further notice.*