Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

Haslam Announces Commissioners at DIDD, DCS

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 10:40 am

Payne to lead DIDD, Henry to stay on at DCS

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Debra Payne as the new commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) as Jim Henry becomes the permanent commissioner at the Department of Children’s Services (DCS).

Payne currently serves as deputy commissioner of DIDD and Henry as the interim commissioner of DCS.

“These two departments handle some of the state’s most difficult work concerning our most vulnerable citizens,” Haslam said. “I want to thank Debbie for taking on this new role in such a young department. Her experience and hard work will continue to serve the state of Tennessee very well.”

The State Must Balance Caring for Tennesseans with Intellectual Disabilities and Responsibility to the Taxpayers

Wednesday, June 08, 2011 | 05:02 pm

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD), which administers Tennessee’s Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver programs serving 7,500 people with intellectual disabilities, faced some tough choices when the State faced a shortfall and all departments were asked to reduce their budgets for Fiscal Year 2011.