The Independence team works to support the dignity and independence of seniors and individuals with disabilities



We have served older adults and individuals with disabilities since 1995.  TJC’s Independence program aims to ensure seniors and adults with disabilities receive the support they need. Our Independence work includes helping individual clients, providing training sessions to health care and social service providers, and advocating for systemic change related to the following issues and programs:

  • Long-term service and supports: CHOICES is Tennessee’s long-term care program for people over 65 and people with disabilities. CHOICES helps individuals access to home care to stay in the community and may support nursing home care if needed.
  • Enrolling seniors and adults with disabilities in programs that allow seniors and adults with disabilities to live with safety, dignity, and independence.  These include:
  • Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs)

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, food stamps)

  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

  • Well-being:  protecting seniors and adults with disabilities from abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.

SO FAR IN 2019

  • TJC has served 112 seniors and people with disabilities with long-term care issues

  • We have secured over $990,000 in Long-Term Care benefits

  • Over 91% of our CHOICES cases have been resolved with a successful outcome.

Your organization was successful in getting my wife Barbara accepted into the CHOICES program. I have been attempting to secure this help from TennCare for approximately three years and unable to be approved. Thanks to Katie’s able leadership, we were successful.

Dr. Bill Halbert, caregiver of previous CHOICES client

Pictured: Dr. Bill Halbert and his wife Ms. Barbara Halbert. TJC helped Ms. Halbert secure CHOICES coverage care so that she could receive care in her home.


Charlie Warfield has been a champion for equal justice in the Tennessee legal community, first at Farris Warfield, then at Stites & Harbison. The Charlie Warfield Fellowship was created in 2015 by Charlie’s friends and supporters in his honor. As a Charlie Warfield Fellow, a budding attorney will work with TJC’s Independence Team for twelve months, working to help low-income seniors and adults with disabilities get the nursing home or community-based health services they need through TennCare. Their time will be spent on CHOICES cases, TennCare’s long-term care program.The cases worked on by the Fellows do more than help individuals – they help the system. The individual cases inform our broader policy advocacy on how to improve life for many others.

All funding for this position comes from donations. With your help, we are making the Warfield Fellowship a distinguished opportunity for students ready to launch a career in service to those who are suffering.




Jane Beasley

Case Manager and Client Intake Coordinator

Gordon Bonnyman

Staff Attorney, Co-Founder

Katie Ann Twiggs

CHOICES Client Advocate