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Our Mission and Purpose


The Center for Living and Learning is a private non-profit residential supportive living facility for housing adults who experience severe and persistent mental illnesses. 

Our mission is to provide 24-hour residential care and job training to individuals suffering from mental illness in a therapeutic environment with emphasis on the highest level of functioning and independent living.

Our purpose is to create a restorative environment for these individuals in a community setting by responding to the total range of their needs. Twenty-four hour supervision by trained staff will be provided to assist residents. A daily job training program is offered to residents and to non-residents of the Center.


Our Credentials

We are licensed by Tennessee Department of Mental Health for twenty six residents as a Residential Treatment Facility.  Additionally, the Center's Vocational Program is a certified Community Rehabilitation Provider with the Vocational Rehabilitation Program at the Tennessee Department of Human Services. 

Our Program

Our overall program encompasses the “biopsychosocial model” and is affiliated with the leading national and international specialists involved in ongoing research in the mental health field.

We offer an integrated approach to residential services and job training in a community rehabilitation program on a serene 30-acre farm on Old Hillsboro Road in Franklin, Tennessee, approximately 45 minutes from downtown Nashville. Our model includes vocational training and job placement, while working to improve and refine daily living skills, independent living skills, socialization, nutrition, physical fitness, and emotional awareness.  We place special emphasis on:

  • Individual talents, interest and needs

  • Nutrition and physical fitness

  • Comprehensive case management

  • Resident self-sufficiency

Click below to learn more about the Center's programs.



Fundamental to the Center’s success are:

  • The belief in the potential productivity of the most severe psychiatric client

  • A belief that work, whatever form it may take, is a deeply generative and reintegrative force

  • The multi-disciplinary approach which addresses the biological, psychological and social needs of the residents

  • The unique design which envisions a household in which the staff and the residents all work together and develop an attitude where they come to appreciated each other for their unique contributions to the household and in which each member will feel that he or she is needed to fulfill certain responsibilities to make their home run smoothly.

For additional information about the Center for Living and Learning, explore the links below.

Admission Policies


To be admitted to the program, one must be:

  • At least 21 years of age

  • No longer requiring hospital care but not ready or able to live independently

  • Under the care of a private physician

  • Appropriately evaluated and medicated as determined by applicant’s physician or a physician recommended by the Center for Living and Learning Screening Committee

  • Interviewed by our Screening Committee

  • Free of alcohol and drug abuse

  • Able to pay monthly resident fee (individual physician fees are additional)

Admission Policies
Referral Services


  • Hospitals

  • Mental Health Centers

  • Social Service Agencies

  • Private Clinicians/Physicians

  • Parent or Guardian

  • TN Vocational Rehabilitation


Referrals are accepted without regard to race, color, religion, residency or national origin.

Referral Services

The Center for Living and Learning was founded in 1986 by The Lackey Family in an effort to provide a recuperative environment for their brother Donald.

Suffering with chronic schizophrenia, Donald had been in several treatment programs across the country without any long-term success. His family decided to start a program close to home to develop a setting for his recovery.

They decided to allow Donald to become a study patient for the then experimental drug Clozaril. Donald began to show marked improvement. While his condition and management needs were stabilizing, licensure and staff were pursued for the Center For Living and Learning to become a formal residential treatment facility.

In 1988, CLLN officially began to accept other residents into the program.

In 1992, CLLN added a multifaceted horticultural vocational program to provide job training.

Today The Center for Living and Learning Nashville is an ideal environment for the recovery and reintegration of persons needing a holistic treatment approach for their illness.

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