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Who qualifies for Employment and Community First CHOICES?

To qualify for Employment and Community First CHOICES, a person must:

  • Provide proof that that they have an intellectual disability or other developmental disability.
    • An intellectual disability must start before the age of 18.
    • A developmental disability must start before the age of 22.

As long as the person provides proof of an intellectual or developmental disability, we say they are “at risk” of nursing home placement.

If the person would actually qualify for the level of care provided in a nursing home (but wants services in the community instead), we say they meet “nursing home level of care.”  This means they may qualify to get more services.

(This doesn’t mean the person has to receive care in a nursing home.  This program provides services at home and in the community. They just need to qualify for nursing home care.)

  • Qualify financially to get TennCare.  This means:
    • For 2017, the person’s income can't be more than $2,205 per month (If it is, they may be able to set up a Qualifying Income Trust). This amount can change every year. For children under age 18, the parent’s income counts too unless the child would qualify to receive care in a nursing home. (This doesn’t mean the child has to receive care in a nursing home.  This program provides services at home and in the community. They just need to qualify for nursing home care. If they do, and they’re under age 18, their parents’ income does not count.)
    • The total value of things you own can't be more than $2,000 (The home where you live doesn't count); AND

You can't have given away or sold anything for less than what it's worth in the last five (5) years.