About the Tennessee Justice Center

The Tennessee Justice Center is a non-profit law firm that serves vulnerable families. Since 1995, TJC has used the law to advocate for the voiceless, hold government accountable and improve health and financial security for hundreds of thousands of families in every part of our state. Read more below about what we do, and if you need our services, please give us a call toll free at 1-877-608-1009 FREE.

“Through its advocacy for vulnerable Tennesseans, TJC has made our legal system more just, our community more compassionate, and our government institutions more accountable. This small public-interest law firm…has an outsized effect on the quality of life in Tennessee.”

Retired Justice E. Riley AndersonThe Tennessean, February 2011

"I felt like I had no one to help me with my TennCare battle until I found the Tennessee Justice Center. Being 7 months pregnant when I found TJC, it gave me peace of mind knowing that I had representation during my battle with TennCare. Thank you so very much TJC for what you did for me and everyone else that you all help on a daily basis!!"

Client Regina S.July 2015

“Y’all were able to give me the strength and courage to pursue this, because I would have given up. I didn’t know what was out there, I didn’t know there was someone who could help us. And once I found that out I just knew that we had to keep going and pursuing it.”

TJC Mother of the Year, EmilyMay 2015

TJC always does a great job of helping us understand the more complex categories of TennCare eligibility, and connecting us to other experts to assist if they're not able to themselves. The relationship with TJC that our organization has had has been invaluable.

TJC Training attendee Trainee Satisfaction Survey, 2015

We provide life-changing services to individuals.

TJC helps people get needed services through public programs that are supposed to provide medical care and support for vulnerable children and adults. We serve people whose circumstances are extraordinarily difficult and who confront obstacles that – without the aid of the law – are insurmountable. Clients include children suffering from chronic health conditions, mothers unable to access prenatal care, families struggling to get quality nursing home care for elderly relative, and more.

We offer support to community partners.

TJC helps thousands of health care workers, professionals, and volunteers across Tennessee understand and use complex laws to assist their vulnerable clients. We provide training, resources, and technical assistance to health care providers, social workers, and community groups helping people who have hit a wall in trying to get the care they need.

We stand by Tennesseans to hold their government accountable.

TJC provides a voice for Tennesseans who lack the power to hold government accountable on their own. TJC is a bridge between them and policy makers, public officials, and healthcare industry leaders. We identify the problems that prevent public programs from working as they should, and we use those insights to fix those problems in a way that makes our health care system fair and just for all.

By the Numbers

Our Accomplishments

Since its founding in 1995, Tennessee Justice Center has impacted thousands of families through work with health care, civil rights, welfare reform, and food and nutrition. Thanks to our dedicated and hard-working staff, interns, and board of directors, as well as the support of the community and donors, TJC has made huge steps in protecting the rights of Tennesseans across the state.

Health Care

TJC has changed the lives of thousands of Tennesseans by ensuring that they have the access to health care that they need. Some of TJC's accomplishments include:

  • Enforcement of class action protecting nursing home residents from arbitrary eviction.
  • Landmark consumer protections for TennCare patients when HMOs refuse care prescribed by their doctors.
  • Landmark ruling allowed Medicare patients to sue health care companies to enforce federal quality of care standards.
  • Reinstatement of TennCare for more than 100,000 individuals whose coverage had been wrongfully terminated.
Civil Rights

TJC doesn't stop with healthcare: we are also concerned with the civil rights of Tennesseans, and have succeeded in several important areas:

  • On behalf of immigrants, negotiated reforms of state agency policies to correct violations of the Civil Rights Act.
  • Led national legal effort that opened federal health data to researchers probing the causes of racial disparities in healthcare.
  • Won accommodations for people with disabilities or limited English proficiency during the TennCare eligibility process.
  • Won appeal that mandated desegregation of Tennessee's nursing homes.
Welfare Reform

Since its founding in 1996, TJC has been successful in several issues concerning welfare:

  • Made welfare reform more humane for children and victims of domestic violence.
  • Influenced the design and implementation of Families First, the state welfare reform program.
  • Preserved health coverage for families in transition from public assistance to work.
Food & Nutrition

Being healthy isn't just about being able to go to the doctor and get necessary medicine; it also involves having access to healthy food. In the past, TJC has been successful in helping Tennesseans have access to food. We have:

  • Won changes that allow families to receive food stamps without having to sell the car that gets them to work.
  • Streamlined the food stamp application to save the state money and simplify the process for the public.
  • In response to the 2010 floods, persuaded government officials to extend disaster food stamps to more than 1,000 families in 46 counties.

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