Human Services

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

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 | 02:34 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.

DHS Kicks Off 2014 Summer Food Service Program Application Cycle

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 | 03:55 pm


NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) announces the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the 2014 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).This federally funded program is intended to assure that children who rely on free and reduced price meals during the school year, have access to nutritious meals during the summer.  DHS needs partners, especially in underserved areas, to help meet these needs.  New sponsors and sites are invited to partner with this initiative.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is January 11

Friday, January 10, 2014 | 05:37 pm

NASHVILLE – National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is January 11, and all are encouraged to wear navy blue in support of efforts to fight trafficking in Tennessee.

Human trafficking – the illegal trading of human beings for commercial sexual exploitation or forced labor – is a multifaceted issue facing the state. Anyone can be a trafficking victim, regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, residence or economic status.

“Tennessee is committed to doing our part in addressing human trafficking,” said Dr. Raquel Hatter, DHS Commissioner and chair of the Human Trafficking Task Force. “We know that this issue is important to Tennesseans. Please join us in bringing awareness to this very important issue.”

Tennessee Rehabilitation Center graduates 83 Friday, Dec. 20

Friday, December 20, 2013 | 01:43 pm

NASHVILLE  — More than 80 trained and skilled students embarked on new journeys Friday, as they graduated from the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center (TRC) in Smyrna. These students – whose disabilities include traumatic brain injury, cognitive impairments and blindness – have received workplace and life management skills to enhance their chosen occupational paths.

Governor Haslam Recognizes Four Veteran State Employees and Pays Tribute to More than 525,000 Tennessee Veterans

Wednesday, November 06, 2013 | 01:30 pm
State Veteran employee honorees Chris Christianson, John Smalls, James Payne
State Veteran employee honorees Chris Christianson, John Smalls, James Payne

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Major General Terry “Max” Haston of the Tennessee Military Department today to recognize four veteran state employees and more than 525,000 Tennessee veterans of all ages and eras.  The Governor’s Veterans Day event was held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza in downtown Nashville.

End of federal ARRA fund inflation to decrease all SNAP benefits Nov. 1

Monday, October 28, 2013 | 10:58 am

Drop follows annual COLA hike; DHS sends Tennesseans letters about U.S. move

NASHVILLE — On November 1, the federal government’s short-term inflation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) will end, causing a reduction in the monthly amount for households across the nation receiving the food stamps benefit.

DHS marks Disability Employment Awareness Month with special announcement

Monday, September 30, 2013 | 02:20 pm

Vocational Rehab maintains momentum by growing pool for employment services

NASHVILLE – With October being Disability Employment Awareness Month, which highlights the talents and abilities of Tennessee citizens with disabilities, the Department of Human Services (DHS) has a special announcement about an update to the client pool for services it provides to people with disabilities, and is publicizing events for the month. 

Since 2001, Tennessee has operated under a four-category Order of Selection that requires the State to serve first, through Priority Category 1, those who are deemed the most significantly disabled and who require the most services for the longest duration. DHS has continued to serve Priority Category 1. Priority Category 2 was opened last year. In celebration of Disability Awareness Month, DHS will begin serving those on the waiting list for Priority Category 3, starting October 1, 2013.

DHS Encourages Child Care Providers To Heighten Protective Measures When Transporting Children

Friday, June 21, 2013 | 11:29 am

NASHVILLE – Summer is officially here and soon to follow are days of extreme heat that could pose many health risks, especially for children. The Tennessee Department of Human Services is reminding child care providers across the state that are licensed to transport children of the facts and preventative measures to keep children safe when transporting them during summer months.

New Application Date For LIHEAP Begins October 1

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 | 10:46 am



NASHVILLE – New Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) applicants will need to apply on October 1 instead of July 1. Administration of the federal program designed to assist households of low income pay utility bills will be transferred from the Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) effective October 1, 2013.

Tennessee Recognizes June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Friday, June 14, 2013 | 04:50 pm

NASHVILLE – In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), Gov. Bill Haslam has issued a proclamation acknowledging WEAAD and reminding Tennesseans that “seniors are valued members of society, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure they live safely and with dignity.”