Interagency collaboration and partnership

One agency alone may not have much power to effect change. But when agencies combine their resources--financial and otherwise--results can be greatly amplified. Learn about how agencies form and sustain robust partnerships in these resources.

Employment First! Making Integrated Employment the Preferred Outcome in Tennessee

The Tennessee Division of Mental Retardation Services (DMRS) implemented the Employment First! initiative in 2002. The goal of Employment First was to make employment the first day service option for adults receiving supports funded by DMRS, Medicaid, or the state. Employment First set the standard that employment was the preferred service option for adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities (MR/DD).