Still Need Help?
helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live their best life.
BRIDGING the GAP
between abilities and disabilities since 1973.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a person gain support at your agency?
- For information regarding Life Bridges supports call (423)303-1922. This representative will be happy to assist you with ICF/IID and waiver support acquisition questions.
- If you have TennCare, call the number on the back of your TennCare card. Follow the prompts for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services. You will be led through a description of services. Be prepared to advocate for supports needed.
Is there a waiting list?
Yes, there is a waiting list based upon the level of need and the compatibility of house mates in a residential facility that has an opening.
What can I do if I don't have TennCare?
Call the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at (888) 531-9876 for referrals.
You may also directly access the Employment and Community First CHOICES (ECF) Referral Form by clicking HERE.
What ages do you support?
Day Services can be approved for people younger than age 18.
What are the criteria for enrollment?
An intellectual or developmental disability is required to gain access to Life Bridges services. In the past, a person had to have an IQ of 70 or below to qualify. Currently, someone with a developmental disability is also considered for enrollment, depending on their level of functioning.
Therefore, a person with an IQ of more than 70 may be eligible.
Do we have openings?
Life Bridges ability to accept new members is based on our ability hire qualified staff.
Can we visit our family member or friend?
Yes, people are encouraged to stay in contact and visit their family members and friends. During the Covid-19 pandemic there have been times of limited contact to ensure the safety of the people we support and our staff.
Does Life Bridges offer vocational services?
Yes, we assist the people we support in obtaining work in the community through training, job placement and partnerships with businesses that employ our workers. Job development is an essential element of our program and includes matching each individual with a job or position that is best suited to their abilities and the needs of the business.