State officials first had to get a good count of Tennesseans with disabilities who've been able to hold down a paying job before setting a goal to double the figure in five years. So they surveyed the local agencies that help administer benefits from the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Tennessee is closing its largest facility for people with disabilities. At its peak in the 1960s, the sprawling Clover Bottom campus in Donelson housed 1,500 Tennesseans. The last six residents will relocate this month into small group homes.
One state agency is now training police officers in Tennessee on how to better interact with people who have disabilities. The Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities created the training guide as part of a settlement over a decades-long lawsuit.