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2017 TASH Conference has ended

Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Still We Rise for Equity, Opportunity, and Inclusion,” shows the resilience of individuals with disabilities and their families across the lifespan. Conference attendees will celebrate their passion for disability rights, civil rights, and human rights while exploring inclusive communities, schools, and workplaces that support people with disabilities, including those with complex support needs. Return to TASH website.


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Lisa Mills

TennCare, Long-Term Services and Supports
Deputy Chief
Nashville, TN
Lisa A. Mills, PhD is currently Deputy Chief of Long-Term Services and Supports for TennCare, the Tennessee Medicaid Agency. Prior to joining TennCare, Dr. Mills had a twenty-eight year career as an advocate and consultant in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities, working in over twenty states and the United Kingdom during this time. She has nearly a decade of experience working with People First, and in the areas of self-advocacy and self-determination, in both Wisconsin and Scotland. She recently served four years on the TASH board of directors and as the TASH Public Policy Chair, and also has served as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Coalition to Promote Self-Determination. Her focus and interest in managed care began 20 years ago, when she relocated to Madison, Wisconsin and became involved in the development of Family Care, Wisconsin’s managed long-term services and supports program which has ended waiting lists for community supports as a key goal of its implementation. Lisa served as a policy consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services for 7 years which led to her focus on the intersection between managed care and access to integrated employment for people with disabilities. She took that experience and worked with other states and managed care organizations on Employment First over a number of years as a consultant with the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy and the LEAD Center. Through this work, she became connected with TennCare and assisted the agency to develop and launch a managed long-term services and supports program for people with intellectual disabilities that is focused on employment, full citizenship and community living, and includes no facility-based or segregated service models. Believing in this program’s ability to set a standard nationally for how managed care can be a positive force for change, Dr. Mills chose to join the TennCare team in September of 2017.