History of Family Voices
Family Voices, Inc., was founded in 1992 by family leaders concerned about the changing health care environment and the implications for our children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, or other special health care needs.
Based in New Mexico, Family Voices, is a network of leaders working with families and professionals at the local, state, and national level to improve health care and related services for children.
Family Voices of Tennessee started in 1993 as a program of the Tennessee Disability Coalition and became the first state chapter formally sanctioned by the national organization in the last quarter of 2000. Family-Voices of Tennessee was one of six Family-Voices state programs during 1999-2001 to participate in a pilot program to develop Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2FHICs).
These F2FHICs are designed to be family-friendly places to learn about health care service systems and programs for children with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and special health care needs. Their purpose is to provide training or assistance to families in navigating various service systems, including Medicaid and TennCare, SSI for Children, Title V (Children’s Special Services), Early Intervention (TEIS), and other programs.
Today, Family Voices of Tennessee operates as an LLC under the umbrella of the Tennessee Disability Coalition. Family Voices of Tennessee continues to operate the F2FHIC and has expanded to include the Tennessee Parent to Parent affiliate program, the nationally recognized PEARS program, Voices 4 Choices, and a growing youth program.