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Pacesetters opened a Medical Residential home in Putnam County. Putnam Pacesetters also successfully opened it's first blended home, combining both CHOICES and DIDD funded individuals.
Pacesetters received a 4-Star rating from the State of TN after obtaining high scores on the state survey. Twelve Pacesetters employees were chosen to participate in the DIDD Personal Outcomes Workshop. DIDD acknowledged Pacesetters' strengths in the areas of safety, security and health. Through a grant from The Community Foundation, Pacesetters purchased seven Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and placed them at each day program location, as well as at our Administrative Office. As a result, Pacesetters is recognized as an EMS identified AED location. If a health emergency occurs and a community member needs to borrow an AED, they can access and use Pacesetters' AED.
Pacesetters purchased Practical Health Systems (PHS) and began the process of utilizing electronic records. Pacesetters was approved as a CHOICES service provider. CHOICES is TennCare's program for long term care services. Tennessee Knights of Columbus assisted Pacesetters with purchasing six new wheelchair accessible vans. Pacesetters partnered with TTU's Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) to hold the 1st Annual Speak Up Rally. This awareness event was created with the purpose of increasing knowledge and decreasing negativity regarding disabilities. White County began an annual Pacesetters 5k Run/Walk. Kids Putnam became a stand-alone organization. Pacesetters' internal Personal Connections newsletter was created to recognize exceptional employees and to keep employees connected to each other.
Pacesetters celebrates it’s 40th Anniversary, Pacesetters scores a perfect score on the state survey for a second year in a row. Pacesetters gets a 4 star rating from the state. Pacesetters opens its first Medical Residential home in White County with a second under development in Putnam County.
Pacesetters achieves a perfect score on the state survey. Pacesetters is one of 8 agencies to participate in the “You can do it I can do it” grant; in partnership with TTU. Pacesetters is selected to participate in the Good To Great Program with the goal to become more person-centered and responsive. Kids Putnam expands services to all counties in the Upper Cumberland with the exception of Sumner Co.
Pacesetters faces 6.1% budget cuts. The Collaboration art project is started out of a Cookeville Arts Council grant. Karen Galbraith joins Pacesetters as it’s new Executive Director
Kids Putnam moves to a new building. A new major fundraiser is started in form of a Golf Tournament. Group homes are sold. The (TRAPS) music program is started thanks to a grant for the Beth Sievers Memorial Fund.
Clay Co. Center was closed due to a significant decrease in number of services recipients. The service recipients who were left were transferred to either Macon or Overton Counties.
Pacesetters started participating in the State Use program. This program allows the agency to bid competitively for state contracts cleaning office buildings in five counties. Service recipients are given the opportunity to work.
As smaller homes were encouraged and funding shifted to Medicaid Waiver all of the Pacesetters Group homes were closed and individuals transitioned into 2 and 3 person settings.
Pacesetters, Inc. assumes the administrative oversight and support of Kids Inc. out of Crossville TN. The integrated daycare is moved to Cookeville and the name is changed to Kids Putnam.
The Art Program started with the help of a grant from the Tennessee Art Commission.
New Administration office is constructed and opened in Algood off of Hwy 111 North.
Pacesetters completes construction of a 9000 square foot metal building which became the new home of the White Co. Training Center.
Deinstitutionalization from large ICFMR’s like Clover Bottom marked the beginning of the growth in development of small 2-3 person settings. Macon Co. was the first satellite to serve individuals in this capacity. Through the late 1990’s and 2000’s many other homes were opened with funding primarily from Medicaid Waiver.
The construction of a 3000 square foot building in Lafayette, TN became the 6th satellite for Pacesetters.
In 1992, at the urging of disability advocates and families, The Tennessee legislature established the Family Support Program. The program is funded by state dollars and designed to assist individuals with severe disabilities and their families to remain together in their homes.
A duplex was purchased to serve 4 individuals who need some support but not to the level of group home placement.
Pacesetters opened an administrative office located at 421 Universal Drive in Cookeville.

Clay County Training Center also moved to a new location on Church Street in Celina.

Construction of Johnson House in White county was completed. The individuals living in Stone House moved into this home.

Gribble house was also opened in Warren County serving 8 individuals.

Herren House in Cookeville was the first 4- person level 1 group home to open in Tennessee.
Pacesetters started providing Supported Employment Services by placing the first person in employment in Sparta. By 2000 the Supported Employment program served more than 40 individuals in five counties.
Pacesetters expanded once again to Clay County. The work activity center began operation in the basement of the Clay Co. Public Health building.
The first home funded by Medicaid Waiver was opened in Cookeville. This home called the Whitemore house served 4 individuals. This was the beginning of a shift in trends to provide smaller residential settings; away from the larger group homes.
Stone House reopened as a co-ed home serving 2 members from the community and 6 residents who had left Clover Bottom State Developmental Center.
Pacesetters purchased and occupied a building on Hwy 70 East for the Warren County Center.
Stone House closed and the ladies living there moved into the Mary Agee House named after a prominent Sparta Citizen instrumental in the advancement of Pacesetters in White County.
White Co. Center was relocated to a building on 241 Doyle Road. This building was also purchased by Pacesetters, Inc.
The first home in McMinnville was opened and named Roberts House after a former service recipient.
The tremendous increase in work activities and in number of individuals served in the centers caused the need once again for larger facilities.
Poteet House was opened in Livingston. This co-ed home was named after a parent and long time financial supporter of Pacesetters.
The Livingston Center is replaced with a newly constructed building. This was the first building wholly owned by Pacesetters, Inc.
Hooper House was a new construction which opened in Cookeville. This home was also named after a former service recipient.
A need was identified for residential support for individuals with less needs than typical of the group home residents. As a result the Apartment Program was started in Cookeville.
Frazier House in Cookeville was opened named after a former service recipient.
The Sparta Center moved to 220 ½ W. Bockman Way to accommodate the new fire and life safety standards required by DMH/MR.

A new satellite center was also opened in 1980 in McMinnville. The center located on Sparta Street grew quickly from serving 5 individuals to 21 individuals by the year’s end.

The Cookeville Center moved again to the Norwalk Plant building.
Stone House in Sparta was opened.
The first large group homes were opened in Cookeville and Livingston. The Cookeville home known as White House served 10 men and the Livingston home known as Hargis House served 10 women.
The 2nd satellite center was opened in White County. The center located at the First Christian Church in Sparta served 7 people. This center grew quickly and in the same year move to the old Farmer’s Coop Building.

The Cookeville Center also moved to larger facilities located on Fisk Road.

The Livingston Center moved as well in December of 1976 to the Neighborhood Facility Building.

A satellite center was opened in Livingston, TN located at the First Christian Church. 8 people were served.
The program expanded to 16 individuals and moved to the Cookeville Housing Authority Building.
A volunteer summer program began in the Collegeside Church in Cookeville. The program served 8 adults. The program which was an adult activity center was started by a group of concerned parents and citizens who were looking for more productive and active lifestyle for adults with developmental disabilities.
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