What is ECF? ECF is a wonderful new program offered to eligible residents of Tennessee and stands for Employment and Community First CHOICES, ECF is a program that will allow Tennessee to become the first state in the country to develop and implement an integrated, home and community based services program. It will align incentives toward promoting and supporting integrated, competitive employment and independent living as the first and preferred option for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The Employment and Community First CHOICES program will demonstrate the following:
· A tiered benefit structure based on the needs of the individuals enrolled in the program. This will allow the state to provide Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and other Medicaid services in a more cost effective manner. In doing so, more people who need HCBS can receive them. This includes people with intellectual disabilities who would otherwise still be on the waiting list or those with other developmental disabilities who previously may not have qualified.
· The development of a benefit structure and the alignment of financial incentives
specifically geared toward promoting integrated competitive employment and
integrated community living will result in improved employment and quality of life
This program will allow your loved ones to grow in their communities through supported employment and be given the tools and resources to live more independent and fuller lives. Let D&S Community Services help support your loved ones as they take the next step to a more fulfilling and independent life! Contact any one of our Tennessee offices to learn more about our services.