Government Assistance

 

Social Security

The Social Security Administration is the agency that offers The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program which pays benefits to adults and children with disabilities who have limited income and resources. They also offer Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program for people with disabilities that have a strong work history and paid into the Social Security System for at least 5 out of the last 10 years. 

Disability Rights TN is an advocacy agency that has a variety of helpful resources including information on social security. 

The Arc Tennessee is an advocacy agency that offers a variety of supports and services for individuals with disabilities and their families. They have an SSI Tip Sheet will all the essential information regarding the process.

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The Disability Benefits Center is an online resource that offers information and supports regarding the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.

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Disability Benefits Help is an online resource that offers information and resources regarding social security programs, the application process, and contact information for all of the Tennessee social security offices.

Memphis, TN - Muse Disability Services, Inc., based in Memphis but serves all counties, helps individuals in developing and presenting their disability claims before the Social Security Administration.

Sparta, TN - Social Security Disability Advocates includes staff of Social Security specialists that help persons with the application process when seeking Social Security disability benefits. They are located in Sparta, TN but serve all counties.

Knoxville, TN - Located in Knoxville, TN but serving various counties, Drozdowski & Rabin, PLLC provides SSDI and SSI advocacy services. They offer legal representation to people who are unable to work and are seeking either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

 

Waivers & Medicaid/Medicare

Nashville, TN - The Arc Tennessee is an advocacy agency that offers supports and resources for individuals with disabilities and their families. They also have a Medicaid and Medicaid Waivers for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities form with information on various waivers and the services offered within each waiver.

Offices in: Washington D.C; Los Angeles, CA; Carrboro, NC - The National Health Law Program offers an online-resource guide, The Advocate's Guide to the Medicaid Program, which details, in-depth, everything needed to know about the process. 

Nashville, TN - The Tennessee Justice Center is an advocacy agency that focuses on protecting and improving the laws, policies, and programs that are needed by Tennesseans. They offer tools, resources, trainings, and advocacy services for persons with disabilities to navigate the health care system. 

Cookeville, TN - Each regional Area Agency on Aging & Disability program offers a variety of services to older adults and other adults with disabilities: Legal Assistance/Ombudsman Consultation & Services; Public Conservatorship Services; SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program); Senior Medicare Patrol Program (Medicare & Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse prevention); Senior Centers 

Tennessee - KidCentral TN acts as a free, one-stop resource for families in Tennessee to help raise healthy and happy children. They offer information on education and healthcare with specific info on insurance and waivers.

Tennessee- Family Voices of Tennessee is a network that helps to connect families with one another, with community resources, with experienced parent mentors, with tools to navigate complex systems in healthcare and insurance, and more.

Nashville, TN - Tennessee Works is an advocacy agency that works towards elevating employment outcomes for people with disabilities. They also offer information regarding the Employment and Community First CHOICES waiver program.

Murfreesboro, TN - The Tennessee Health Care Campaign is an advocacy agency that works towards to ensure that all Tennesseans have affordable, high quality, and equitable health care.

Tennessee - Disability Rights TN contracts with TennCare to provide information and supports for individuals needing long term services and supports (LTSS) navigate the CHOICES and ECF First CHOICES programs.