The JoAnn Waite Bennett Memorial Fund has made a generous donation to help Megan continue the legacy of JoAnn’s lifetime commitment to social justice. Until her death in 2007, JoAnn was a faithful TJC supporter and collaborator, working with us to improve services for the frail elderly. In that same spirit, Megan worked as a TJC law student intern on behalf of applicants and participants in Tennessee’s CHOICES program, which covers nursing home and home-based services. With the help of the Bennett family, Megan will continue as a Warfield Fellow to make CHOICES fairer and more responsive to the needs of vulnerable Tennessee seniors.
In the past year, Megan has helped nearly 70 clients access the care they need from a nursing home or in their own home through TennCare’s CHOICES program. She has also trained over 120 advocates on TennCare’s long-term care programs and best practices. Megan represented them in administrative hearings, prepared vital legal documents like Qualified Income Trusts, and helped stop harmful legislation that would have exposed nursing home residents to further abuse and neglect. She has also played a vital role in forming TJC’s new program called Independence, which builds on TJC’s long-standing commitment to help seniors and adults with disabilities live independently.
With your support, we are hopeful that Megan can continue Charlie’s legacy into year two of the fellowship!