Children's Services

Haslam Appoints Task Force On Sentencing and Recidivism

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 09:27 am

Group to develop legislative and policy recommendations  
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the formation of the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism as part of the administration’s overall effort to reduce crime and improve public safety.
In June, the Governor’s Public Safety Subcabinet announced a partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice to review sentencing and correction policies and practices.  The creation of a task force is the next step in that collaboration.

Tennessee Launches Additional Efforts in 2013 to Reduce the Number of Drug-Dependent Newborns

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 | 01:34 pm

NASHVILLE – In 2013, 921 newborns in Tennessee experienced withdrawal from drugs their mothers used while pregnant. Many people across Tennessee, including a group of state leaders, are working to reduce that number and in the past year launched several efforts to help prevent the suffering and expenses associated with the condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS.

Haslam Introduces Anti-Meth Production Legislation

Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 10:46 am

Proposal aims to reduce production without inconveniencing majority of consumers

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced legislation to reduce the growing problem of methamphetamine production in Tennessee.  The goal of the Tennessee Anti-Meth Production (TAMP) Act is to limit access to pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products to those who are using it illegally while not overburdening law-abiding Tennesseans who need temporary cold and sinus relief.  

Haslam joined legislators, members of the Public Safety Subcabinet and key stakeholders to announce his proposal, which aligns commonly purchased amounts of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine with 30-day limits.

Mary Rolando to Join Restructured DCS Team

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | 10:12 am

Mary Rolando to Join Restructured DCS Team
Commissioner Henry Names Child Health Veteran as Health Advocacy Director

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jim Henry today announced that Mary Rolando will serve as the department’s Health Advocacy Director, effective July 2, 2013. The Health Advocacy Director is responsible for assisting DCS to ensure that medically necessary health care is accessed and provided to children and youth in state custody.

Haslam Announces Commissioners at DIDD, DCS

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | 09:40 am

Payne to lead DIDD, Henry to stay on at DCS

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Debra Payne as the new commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) as Jim Henry becomes the permanent commissioner at the Department of Children’s Services (DCS).

Payne currently serves as deputy commissioner of DIDD and Henry as the interim commissioner of DCS.

“These two departments handle some of the state’s most difficult work concerning our most vulnerable citizens,” Haslam said. “I want to thank Debbie for taking on this new role in such a young department. Her experience and hard work will continue to serve the state of Tennessee very well.”

Children’s Services Announces New Organizational Structure

Monday, April 15, 2013 | 01:48 pm

Department reorganization aimed at advancing child safety, health and programs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Commissioner Jim Henry today announced changes to the department’s organizational structure aimed at elevating child safety, health and programming. The announcement follows a recently completed assessment of the department’s work.

Tennessee Releases 2011 Child Fatality Report; Child Fatality Rate Drops in Tennessee

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | 01:07 pm

Report Highlights State’s Progress in 13 Categories

NASHVILLE – The overall death rate for Tennessee children dropped by 20 percent between 2007 and 2011, according to information released today by the State Child Fatality Review team. Notable factors in that reduction are a decrease in sleep-related infant deaths due to suffocation or strangulation, which were down 16.8 percent from 2010 to 2011, and a 20 percent drop in deaths of black children between 2007 and 2011.

Haslam Announces Resignation of DCS Commissioner

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 | 10:00 am

Governor appoints Commissioner Jim Henry as interim

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Department of Children’s Services (DCS) Commissioner Kate O’Day has resigned from her post.

“Kate has informed me that she felt the time was right to step down,” Haslam said.  “She was concerned that she had become more of a focus than the children the department serves.

Statewide Effort Addresses Problem of Babies Born Dependent on Addictive Drugs

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 | 02:02 pm

NASHVILLE – Weighing in at just over four pounds, one of the newest residents of Tennessee isn’t just premature, he’s dependent on addictive drugs. Within a few hours of the delivery, hospital staff members knew by his seizures, high-pitched cries, tremors, fever and vomiting this innocent baby was another tragic case of neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition caused when an unborn child is exposed to powerful drugs used legally or illegally by a mother during pregnancy.