Tennessee Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program


“Through the EFSLMP Tennessee seeks to increase the number of adults and youth with significant disabilities in the state who are working in competitive, integrated employment. Leaders in the state are specifically looking to align departmental policies for coordination of integrated employment services. They are also intending to increase the use of customized employment strategies by service providers as well as to cultivate a better understanding of and use of work incentives available to individuals receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Income. Their proposal also includes strong involvement of the One-Stop Career Centers. The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) will be the lead agency for this grant.”

NOTE: Tennessee is using resources from the EFLSMP to provide training and capacity building to large workshops in the state. The capacity building includes customized employment and alternative sources of funding to providers, including becoming an Employment Network of the Ticket to Work Program.

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Training/Capacity Building
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Customized Employment
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging