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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.

*State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)

Meetings in Federal Fiscal Year 2019:
February 7, 2019 (Tennessee Rehabilitation Center - Smyrna, 460 Ninth Avenue, Smyrna, TN 37167)
May 9, 2019 (Hilton Nashville Airport, 2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN  37214)
August 8, 2019 (Hilton Nashville Airport, 2200 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN  37214)

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 2019:

March 28, 2019 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am CST at Homewood Suites, 2640 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
June 27, 2019; 9:00 am – 11:00 am CST at Homewood Suites, 2640 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
September 19, 2019; 9:00 am – 11:00 am CST at Homewood Suites, 2640 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
December 12, 2019; 9:00 am – 11:00 am CST at at Radisson Hotel Nashville Airport, 1112 Airport Center Drive, 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)