Tennessee Association of Microboards and Cooperatives
The Tennessee Association of Microboards and Cooperatives, Inc. is a 501 c(6) non-profit organization that provides support and training to individual microboards and cooperatives across the state. The Association is committed to the development of high quality, comprehensive services and supports to children and adults with disabilities in a manner that fosters self-determination and inclusion.
Our vision of the Association is to lay the foundation needed to support the coming together of individuals with disabilities and their families with select members of their community. Together, these individuals will form a collection of non-profit organizations whose sole mission is to procure and oversee supports and services to one person with a disability as a microboard and/or several persons as a cooperative.
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 disabilities 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
- Leadership development
- PATH planning
- 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.