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Conservatorship Program

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What is a Conservator?

A Conservator means a person, or persons, or an entity appointed by the court to exercise the decision-making rights and duties of the person with a disability in one or more areas in which the person lacks capacity as determined and required by the orders of the court [TCA 34-1-101 (4)(A)]. The Conservatorship Order for each person will define what authorities MDC has been assigned for the person.

MDC is contracted with DIDD to support people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities statewide. The MDC Conservatorship Program employs 35 Conservator Representatives across the state. The average caseload size for a Conservator Representative is 20-25 people.

Funding Sources of the People We Support

The people we support have a variety of funding sources for their services, depending upon the Medicaid program they are enrolled in. With possibly the exception of people who are utilizing our services by Private Pay, everyone we support is enrolled in one of the below Medicaid programs:

  • 1915c Home and Community Based Services Waiver (HCBS)
  • Employment and Community First CHOICES Waiver (ECF CHOICES)
  • Intermediate Care Facility Services for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID)

If you are unable to reach your assigned Conservator Rep, or if you have any questions regarding the MDC Conservatorship Program, please contact Kelly Lane (Administrator of Conservatorship and Development) by email at

For Conservatorship emergencies, please call our 24/7 on-call line at 865-399-0294.