We are committed to empowering people with intellectual disabilities to live a shared vision of a valued life in connection with family, friends, and community life.


People with intellectual disabilities participate in, contribute to, and are valued members of their chosen community.

Core Services of Northeast Tennessee, (d.b.a.), a division of Washington County Community Residential Services, Inc.; is a 501 (C) (3) private, non-profit organization serving the needs of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Northeast Tennessee. Core Services is contracted with the State of Tennessee, Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD). Counties supported are Washington, Carter, Unicoi, Johnson, Sullivan and Greene.

Philosophy & Service Foundations

We exist to serve the life needs of persons with intellectual disabilities. The people we serve have the rights of respect, dignity, lifestyle choices, supports, and protection from harm. It is our duty to protect these rights for all those we serve.

The following are the foundations upon which our services and supports to people with intellectual disabilities are built:

We celebrate and respect the uniqueness of each person we serve.

We structure our services and supports in a manner that provides people the opportunity to live their vision of a valued life.

We support, educate, and empower people to achieve their fullest potential.

We support people in their efforts to have the best possible health.

We encourage and provide supports for people to choose and participate in everyday community life.

We encourage and provide supports for people to communicate their individual wants, needs, thoughts and opinions.

We encourage and support people to use community resources to meet their recreational, medical, and spiritual needs. We partner with people to seek and access community resources.

We provide activities and experiences that are meaningful to the person.

We encourage and provide supports for people to work at jobs of their choosing in work settings that are the best match for their interests and the needs of their employer.

We create living environments that match the support needs of the person with characteristics that make the living environment a home rather than a residence.

We create living environments that affords each individual the opportunity to experience a broad array of social situations which can contribute to learning new skills and increasing independence.

People are supported in their efforts to lead lives that have personal meaning and value.

We provide support for people to make informed decisions. We strive to respect and support the decisions a person makes.

We educate and support people in their efforts to exercise rights to which they are entitled and responsibilities that are associated with those rights as citizens of our country, state, and the local community of which they are a part.