ECF CHOICES is for individuals of all ages and individuals with significant disabilities. Because of limited funding, not everyone who applies or enrolls receive services right away. However, those who qualify for one of TennCare’s designated priority categories may get services right away. TennCare lists all the priority categories here, but they include individuals with emergent needs or multiple complex health conditions, individuals who are employed, seeking employment, or desire to be employed, and individuals with aging caregivers 75 or older. See the image below for examples of people who may qualify:

  • Individuals with emergent needs or multiple complex health conditions
  • Individuals who are employed, seeking employment or desired to be employed
  • Individuals with aging caregivers 75 years or older
  • If an individual is determined by TennCare to be in one of these priority categories, they must also meet certain level of care criteria to be eligible for services. An individual must either meet nursing facility level of care, or be at-risk of needing nursing facility level of care. An individual must also be evaluated based on an ICAP (Inventory for Client and Agency Planning). The level of care criteria is