24/7 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline: 423.755.2700


The Partnership’s Family Focused Solutions Program provides counseling services to Tennessee’s Families First participants. Through a strengths-based, Solution-Focused approach, our five Masters level counselors empower clients for occupational, relational, and emotional success. We provide individual counseling, family counseling, financial management training, parenting skill training, life skills training, self-advocacy training and case management to address these barriers that prevent self-sufficiency. Working within the Department of Human Services of nine surrounding counties, our ultimate goal is to partner with Tennessee families towards sustainability and improved quality of life.

 The most common barriers for Families First clients are:

  • Domestic Violence
  • Child behavioral or health problems
  • Learning difficulties
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Mental health issues.

Staff and Locations:
Our program utilizes five Masters level counselors throughout Hamilton, Bradley, Polk, Marion, McMinn, Sequatchie, Bledsoe, Rhea, and Meigs Counties.  Our counselors work with our clients within each county’s DHS office.  In Hamilton County, we also provide services at Partnership’s McCallie Ave location, as well as the East Lake Building Stable Lives site, and the Maximus Employment Management site. 

Clients may obtain a referral from their respective DHS Client Representative or from an Employment Coordinator at Maximus. 

For more information, contact Miranda Keplinger, M.A., FFS Program Manager at 423.478-6740 or mkeplinger@partnershipfca.com. To apply for Families First Benefits, please contact your local DHS office to see if you qualify.