Our mission is to promote the creation of microboards and cooperatives for individuals with disabilities in keeping with the principles of self-determination, freedom, authority, and responsibility.
Who We Are
Creating microboards and cooperatives for individuals with disabilitities is an on-going effort. It takes leadership, commitment, collaboration, and perseverance. Individual members of a microboard need to draw upon their collective creativity to think "outside the box" and work together to develop the supports needed for a fully inclusive and productive life. The Tennessee Association of Microboards and Cooperatives provides help to individual microboards and cooperatives in planning services and supports through PATH; Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope.
Microboards and Cooperatives provide natural supports to the individuals who are the focus of their collective energy. They can also become providers of services under Tennessee's Home and Community Based Medicaid Waiver programs. To gain approval as a provider of services, Board Members will need to know the steps involved in becoming a provider of services to people with disabilities in Tennessee and how to comply with the rules and regulations that come with the financial resources of the individual with a disability. The Tennessee Association of Microboards and Cooperatives, Inc. currently provides help in these important areas:
- Public policy review and advocacy
- How to incorporate a non-profit organization
Microboard and cooperative board member training and development
How to become a certified and licensed provider of services and supports
Quality assurance preparation
Discounted insurance benefits
Required and advanced training for board members and staff hired by an individual microboards and cooperatives
Members of the Association have also made themselves available to answer questions and assist newly forming microboards and cooperatives in the journey towards full self-determination for the individuals they support. To request assistance email firstname.lastname@example.org.