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The Tennessee Division of Mental Retardation Services (DMRS) implemented the Employment First! initiative in 2002. The goal of Employment First was to make employment the first day service option for adults receiving supports funded by DMRS, Medicaid, or the state. Employment First set the standard that employment was the preferred service option for adults with mental retardation and developmental disabilities (MR/DD).
Winsor, Jean and ThinkWork! at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, "State Agency Promising Practices: Employment First! Making Integrated Employment the Preferred Outcome in Tennessee" (2007). ThinkWork! Publications. 67.