Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 16, 2013 – SRVS, Tennessee’s largest provider of supports for people with disabilities, has opened its first satellite center. The SRVS/Tipton County Enhanced Learning Center opened Sept. 16 in Covington, replacing the former Tipton County Adult Developmental Center.
The facility was previously operated by the Helen R.Tucker Adult Day Center in Ripley, which closed the Tipton adult developmental center due to low enrollment. SRVS provides a comprehensive array of programs for people with disabilities and is expanding its programs into Tipton County.
“We are thrilled that it has worked out where we can assure continuation of supports for the individuals with disabilities at the Tipton center and help give their families peace of mind,” said SRVS Executive Director Tyler Hampton. “We are also pleased to have an opportunity to move forward with plans to establish SRVS satellite centers for our day program.”
Hampton said when SRVS became aware that a new provider was being sought for the Tipton County center, SRVS was looking for locations to establish a satellite learning center in east Shelby County. Satellite learning centers are part of a SRVS strategic plan to bring its day services to more people in wider geographic areas.
SRVS provides supports for 850 people with disabilities from its 3971 Knight Arnold Rd. headquarters. The agency plans to establish new satellite learning centers over the next several years. The SRVS Learning Center is one of the core programs at the agency, along with residential and employment services. The learning center is based on a Montessori teaching curriculum and offers weekday programs that concentrate on social skills, self-care skills and pre-vocational training.
Hampton said SRVS recognizes how important it is for families of people with disabilities to know that their loved ones are being well taken care of, and is also aware of how equally important it is for individuals with disabilities to have access to highly trained staff and innovative skills development methods.
“We look forward to bringing SRVS’ 50 year tradition of providing exceptional supports for people with disabilities to Tipton County,” he said.