Community Resources

BlueCare Tennessee wants to help you with what you need to lead a healthy life. Sometimes your basic needs, like food, shelter, and clothing are a concern. The following list of community agencies can help you with many needs, not just your health care. We hope that you find this list helpful.

Adult Foster Care

Adult Day Care

Many adults do not need the services of inpatient care such as nursing homes. But they still need services to help them along. They may also need a place to avoid feeling isolated or lonely. The adult day cares also give their caregivers (such as family members) some time to rest and care for themselves.
See: http://tennessee.gov/humanservices/article/aps-adult-day-care

Child Care

Find Child Care

Need help finding a child care agency near you?
http://tennessee.gov/humanservices/topic/child-care-services

Children and Adults with Disabilities

Lions Club International

Lions Clubs help the blind and hearing-impaired across the world. A Lions Club near you may have a program to help when you are in need.

Their help can include:

  • Eyeglasses
  • Hearing aids
  • Health-related services
  • Scholarships and educational needs

Call 1-800-741-4089 and press "0" for the operator.

Disability Resources

For information on disability programs and services, visit: https://www.disability.gov/ Or http://www.tennessee.gov/mental/DIandR/DIRresources.html

Topics include:

  • How to apply for disability benefits,
  • Find a job,
  • Get health care,
  • Pay for accessible housing,
  • Find places in your community to help you get the support you need
Social Security Office Locator

Visit https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001.jsp to:

  • Apply for most types of benefits
  • Estimate your future benefits
  • Use the retirement planner
  • Find your full retirement age
Arc of Tennessee

The Arc of Tennessee is a non-profit, statewide organization on intellectual & developmental disabilities.
Email: info@thearctn.org
Visit: http://www.tennessee.gov/behavioral-health/section/mental-health-services
Call: 615-248-5878

Tennessee Deaf-Blind Project

This project offers training and information to:

  • Families
  • Educators
  • Other professionals

The project aims to improve the lives of individuals:

  • Younger than 21 and
  • With a combined hearing and vision loss

Visit: http://kc.vanderbilt.edu/pathfinder/Servicefinder/Agency.aspx?agy=19005&lng=1

Crisis Lines

Adult Statewide Crisis Line:

Call toll free: 1-855-274-7471

Youth Statewide Crisis Line:

Call toll free:
Memphis: 1-866-791-9226
Rural West TN: 1-866-791-9227
Rural Middle TN: 1-866-791-9222
Nashville: 1-866-791-9221
Upper Cumberland: 1-866-791-9223
Southeastern: 1-866-791-9225
Knoxville: 1-866-791-9224
Northeast TN: 1-866-791-9228

Domestic Violence

Visit http://www.thehotline.org/. You can also call to talk privately with a trained expert. Call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Dental

Health Departments

Review the Health Department Listings for all Tennessee Counties.
http://tn.gov/health/topic/localdepartments

Dental Care for Children

For answers to questions about children’s dental needs, contact DentaQuest.

Elder Care

AAADs(Tennessee Area Agencies on Aging & Disability) for disabled Tennessee residents
Call: 1-866-836-6678
Visit: http://www.tn.gov/aging/article/aaad-map
Also see Southeast Tennessee AAAD: http://www.setaaad.org/www

Eldercare Locator

Find services for older adults
Visit http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx or call 1-800-677-1116

GeriCareFinder

Free, fast & complete guide to senior health care, in-home senior care & elderly services
Visit http://www.gericarefinder.com/

Legal Aid

Legal assistance for elderly, abused, and low income persons
See: http://www.laet.org/LAET-Locations/Legal-Aid-Statewide.aspx
Phone numbers are listed on the website.

National Elder Law Foundation

Legal assistance for elderly, abused, and low income persons
Visit www.nelf.org

General Needs – Food, Housing

2-1-1 Information and Referral Search

Call 2-1-1 or visit http://www.211.org/
For free help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more

Child and Adult Care Food Program

See: http://tennessee.gov/humanserv/cacfp/index.shtml

Families First, Tennessee’s welfare reform program

See: http://tennessee.gov/humanserv/adfam/afs_tanf.html

Help for Tennessee Families

Help citizens find a job, get job training, find health care services and reduce transportation costs
Visit http://www.tn.gov/helpforfamilies/ or http://www.tn.gov/cdd/section/need-services for information on:

  • Jobs
  • Home Loans and Money Management
  • Energy and Transportation
  • Health Insurance
  • Health Care
  • Healthier Living
  • General Assistance
  • Paying for College
  • Affordable Activities
  • Small Businesses
  • Food and Nutrition
Faith-Based Toolkit

BlueCare Tennessee's Faith-Based Toolkit was created to help the leaders of Tennessee's faith-based organizations with communicating with their members about health care. The Toolkit includes the Health Care Observance Calendar and a series of Preventive Health Flyers that are available for print. Organization representatives can also call 1-888-433-8221 to receive a copy.

Salvation Army(families in Hamilton, Bradley, Marion, Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties)

The Salvation Army offers social services such as:

  • Emergency and disaster-related needs
  • Spiritual outreach for all ages
  • Character-building youth programs
  • Holiday assistance to provide necessities and bring joy to many children, seniors

See: www.csarmy.org/programs.asp

Summer Food Service Program

The program is in place to make sure needy children 18 years and younger can receive meals during school vacations. It can begin when school closes in the spring and continue until school opens for the fall term.
http://tennessee.gov/humanservices/article/css-summer-food-service-program

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Provides nutritional assistance to children and families in need in the form of a Benefit Security Card or EBT Card
To apply for benefits, visit your local DHS county office.
To find information on existing cases, visit https://apps.tn.gov/dhscc/
To learn more about these services, see: http://www.tn.gov/foodstamps

Tennessee Continuums of Care - Homeless Services and Housing

Visit: http://hudhre.info/index.cfm?do=actionCocContactsSearch&st=TN&cSort=cocNum

USA.gov – Help for Money Problems Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC):

Provides access to nutritious foods for income-eligible pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women as well as infants and children up to age five
See: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic
Phone: 1-800-WIC-1007

Health and Wellness Information

Healthier Tennessee

"Healthier Tennessee" encourages Tennesseans to:

  • Be more physically active,
  • To eat nutritious foods in healthy portions, and
  • Not use tobacco products.

Visit www.healthiertn.com today.

Kid Central

The Governor's Children's Cabinet website offers Tennessee families information on:

  • Health,
  • Education,
  • Development
  • Support and
  • A searchable directory to find State Services

Create your own private profile. You will find information that matters to the needs of your own family. You can explore the growing milestones based on your child's age.
Visit www.kidcentraltn.com

Support Groups/Counseling

Alzheimer's Association Eastern Tennessee Chapter

1545 Western Ave, Suite 110A, Knoxville, TN 37921
1-865-544-6288 or 1-800-272-3900
See: http://www.alz.org/tn/

Alzheimer's Association Mid-South Chapter

4825 Trousdale Drive, Suite 220, Nashville, TN 37220
1-615-292-4938 or 1-800-272-3900
See: http://www.alz.org/tn/

Arthritis Foundation

209 10th Avenue South, Suite 123a
Nashville TN 37203
615-254-6795 or 866-227-3850

American Cancer Society

6221 Shallowford Rd., Suite 102
Chattanooga TN 37421
423-267-8613
See: www.cancer.org

American Lung Association (TN)

1466 Riverside Drive, Suite D
Chattanooga TN 37406 423-629-1098
See: www.alatn.org

Cerebral Palsy
  • West Tennessee Cerebral Palsy Center
    34 Garland Drive Jackson TN 38305
    731-664-2941
    See: http://ucp.org/
  • LIVITUP, Inc.
    P.O. Box 381167 Germantown TN 38183
    See: www.ucpmemphis.org
  • UCP of Middle Tennessee
    1200 9th Avenue North, Suite 110 Nashville TN 37208
    615-242-4091
    See: http://www.ucpmidtn.org
  • West Tennessee Cerebral Palsy Center
    34 Garland Drive Jackson TN 38305
    731-668-3322
Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
4825 Trousdale Dr., Suite 238 Nashville TN 37220
www.cff.org/Chapters/tennessee/
615-255-1167 800-824-5061
5401 Kingston Pike, Suite 230 Knoxville TN 37919 865-583-0355
See: http://www.cff.org/Chapters/knoxville/

Diabetes

American Diabetes Association
5805 Lee Hwy., #204 Chattanooga TN 37421
423-894-5296
See: www.diabetes.org

Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Foundation East Tennessee
    1715 E Magnolia Ave Knoxville TN 37917-7827
    865 522-4991 OR 800 522-4991
    See: http://www.efeasttn.org/
  • Epilepsy Foundation Southeast Tennessee
    1 Siskin Plaza Chattanooga TN 37403-1306
    866 570-1789
    See: http://www.epilepsy-setn.org/
Multiple Sclerosis

MS Society Mid-South Chapter
214 Overlook Circle Ste. 153 Brentwood TN
615-269-9055
See: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters/TNS

Pain Parkinson's Disease Foundation
  • Support for Care Partners, Family and Friends
  • Has educational videos
  • Library of resources
  • Blogs

See: http://www.pdf.org/

Tennessee Commission on Aging

See: http://www.tn.gov/aging/

Veteran Assistance

Veterans

VA Nashville Regional Office, 110 9th Avenue South Nashville, TN, 37203
Call: 800-827-1000
Visit: http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=236

Social Security Prescription Savings Program

This program offers help to assist with Drug Plan Costs.
Call 1-800-772-1213 or visit the website below.
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp/

Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program

Free counseling, assistance, answers to questions and problems related to Medicare and other related health insurances
*Through each of TN's AAAD offices, call your local AAAD office or visit the website below.
http://www.tn.gov/aging/topic/ship