New state department eyes accreditation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials in the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities say gaining accreditation will make it an international model for providing service.

The three-year accreditation process begins in August. Jim Henry, department commissioner, said the goal is to lead the nation in offering services.

A series of meetings will be scheduled across the state in August to initiate accreditation. The gatherings are targeted at providers, families, advocates and others.

According to a news release from the department, DIDD will contract with the Council on Quality and Leadership to consult about accreditation.

DIDD became a stand-alone department in 2011.


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