The Purpose

To provide services which will benefit both the individual with disabilities and the families who care for them.

Program Description

Our Family Support Services department encompasses a large spectrum of services and programs.

Respite care is a primary concern because the agency strongly feels that it is important to assist both the individual and family. Many different types of services are provided to the clients including various forms of respite. The program has expanded to include personal assistance, mentoring, and community participation tailored for individuals who are more independent in their self-help skills.

Providers are trained in various subjects required by the State of Tennessee and by the policies and procedures of The Arc Mid-South. Training includes:

  • Orientation
  • CPR & First Aid
  • Fire Hazard & Evacuation
  • Incident Management
  • What is Abuse and how do we prevent it?

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Forms of Respite

  • In-Home
  • Out-of-Home
  • Summer Camp
  • Weekend Retreats
  • Community Participation
  • Personal Assistance


Respite is temporary care for children or adults with developmental disabilities who live at home.  Trained respite staff provides activities and personal care for service recipients.   Cost for Services

Out of home

A respite provider will care for an individual in their home after an inspection has been done to make sure the home is safe and accessible for care. Cost for Services

Weekend Retreats & Summer Camp

Summer Camp

The Arc Mid-South has provided Respite Weekend Retreats for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for over 30 years.  Formatted to be "mini-camps", the weekend retreats are staffed with a ratio of 3:1 and offer social, recreational, and educational activities to participants while helping campers achieve greater independence.  Any individual capable of participating in a group setting and at least the age of 8 may be eligible to attend. 

Our retreats start with check-in on Friday at 8 pm and end on Sunday at 4 pm.   Campers will enjoy a variety of activities and fun with their peers.

If you are interested in registering or for additional information please call (901) 327-2473 or  

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

In order to participate in the camp program, clients must have an intellectual or developmental disability or delay. The minimum requirement is 8 years of age. Siblings are welcome to attend both the summer camp and our weekend retreats. Direct Care Counselors are present at a ratio of 3:1 in order to maintain safety and provide campers with individualized attention. For more information about the summer camp, please call (901) 327-2473 or


Personal Assistance

Our providers are trained in areas of physical management and mealtime challenges as well as other basic provider skills to help individuals with disabilities through providing more personal services such as bathing and dressing. These individuals provide more than just "sitting" services and are often used on a daily or regular basis to help the family in specific care taking. Cost for Services

Community Based

Individuals and families are formed by the communities in which they live.  Learning about these communities and understanding their cultures are key to making successful links between families and the services they need and to promoting the health and well-being of children and families. 

In an effort to ensure inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, The Arc Mid-South provides person centered Community based day services to enable a person to participate in meaningful, productive and life-enhancing community activities.

Elder Care

The Arc Mid-South provides care to adults ages 65 and older through the Aging Commission of the Mid-South. This program enables us to assist seniors in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton, and Lauderdale counties.

The Elderly and Adult Disability Services program is an approved provider of CHOICES. We are a network of home and community based services designed to assist the elderly and adults with disabilities, enabling them to live independently for as long as possible. Our program is built on a solid reputation of providing quality service to each and every individual.

Who We Support

  • Adults aged 65 and older
  • Adults 21-64 who are living with a physical disability
  • Adults who are having a difficult time carrying out activities of daily living
  • Any resident of Tennessee
  • Support Services

Home and Community based services are available to individuals who desire both in-home and supportive assistance as an alternative to nursing home placement.

  • Adult Learning Center

Provides supervised care and activities during the day such as life skills, training, sensory room, arts and crafts, music, recreation, therapy, media room and community outings.

  • Homemaker Services

Provides assistance in the home with routine household chores.

  • Sweeping, mopping, dusting
  • making the bed and washing dishes
  • personal laundry and ironing
  • meal preparation
  • grocery shopping
  • errands such as getting prescriptions filled
  • Personal Care Services

Provides assistance in the home with bathing, dressing, feeding and other activities of daily living including some assistance with household cleaning and the maintenance of a safe home.

  • Respite Care

Provided on a short-term basis when there is an absence of, or need for, relief for the caregiver. For example, respite might be provided when the caregiver is ill or hospitalized or when the caregiver takes vacation.

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Navy Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Respite Care

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Family Support Services Application Process

  • Application Form in PDF
  • Complete application
  • Sign all forms, information releases, and liability release
  • Attach a letter of disability or a psychiatric evaluation which states disability diagnosis by a professional, i.e. doctor, teacher, therapist.
  • Return to The Arc Mid-South with $35 annual fee.
  • (All clients are required to update their application on an annual basis or services may not be rendered for the coming year.)

For more information about programs contact The Arc Mid-South at 901-327-2473

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Fees & Supplements

The Arc Mid-South provides supplements and camperships for low-income families to receive services. Each case is reviewed individually. A Family Services fee is requested to participants in all agency programs. For more information about programs, contact The Arc Mid-South at (901) 327-2473.

Cost for Services

Funding is provided through the waiver, private pay, and scholarships.


Family Services Staff



Angela Hudson , Case Manager

Sandra Hawkins, Community Advocate


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