Human Services

Tennessee Recognizes Disability Employment Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 | 11:14 am

State continues efforts to assist those with disabilties obtain employment

NASHVILLE – October has been designated Disability Employment Awareness Month in Tennessee by Governor Haslam, as well as nationally, and serves to recognize the strengths, skills and capabilities of people with disabilities. This month, the Department of Human Services (DHS), and other agencies throughout the state are holding events to bring awareness to disability employment issues and the contributions of all involved.

Haslam Receives Employment First Task Force Report

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 12:16 pm

Report outlines progress made and future goals to increase disability employment

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the completion of the Employment First Task Force report that outlines the steps the task force will take to expand integrated, competitive employment for people with disabilities as well as progress the group has already made.

Formed last year when the governor signed Executive Order No. 28, the task force is comprised of state agencies, families, consumer advocates and service providers, and it seeks to eliminate obstacles to employment for persons with disabilities and better leverage funds to increase opportunities.

Tennessee Recognized For High Performance In SNAP Program

Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 12:25 pm

DHS excels in program integrity and customer service measures

NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) has been recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for high performance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

According to the USDA, for the first time in DHS history, it has been recognized as No. 1 in the nation for most improvement in Case and Procedural Error Rate (CAPER), a measurement directly related to improvement in efficiency and customer service. Tennessee’s CAPER rate decreased from 46.28 percent in FY 2012 to 23.51 percent in FY 2013. This rate also falls below the national average of 25.25 percent.

DHS Encourages Caregivers to "Look Before You Lock" When Transporting Children

Tuesday, July 01, 2014 | 02:33 pm

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Human Services is reminding licensed child care providers across the state that are approved to transport children of the licensing rules and preventative measures to keep children safe when transporting them during summer months. In doing so, DHS licensing staff will be making extra visits to monitor child care agencies.

DHS is also encouraging parents and caregivers to “Look Before You Lock” car doors upon exit so that children are not left in the sweltering heat of a locked vehicle.

Tennessee Recognizes June 15 As World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Monday, June 16, 2014 | 04:35 pm

Governor Proclaims Day In Tribute To The Safety and Dignity of Seniors

NASHVILLE – Each day the state’s elderly population grows, and with it, the heightened risk of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation upon this vulnerable group. In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), Gov. Bill Haslam has issued a proclamation acknowledging the day and urging Tennesseans “to work to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of elderly Tennesseans and to raise awareness and prevention around all people affected by this devastating crime.”

DHS And USDA Kick Off 2014 Summer Food Program

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 01:40 pm


NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and local agencies across the state to kick off the 2014 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).  This year’s Summer Kick-off Event will be hosted by Shelby County Schools today in Memphis at 3:00pm in Peabody Park.

At the end of the school year many children anxiously await for the last bell to ring. Summer should be an exciting time for children to enjoy playtime with friends, a week at camp, a family vacation, or time at the pool.  But for many children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger.  Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition.

Farmers' Market Event Increases SNAP Recipient Access To Tennessee Farm Products

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 | 08:41 am

NASHVILLE, April 28, 2014 – Farmers and farmers’ markets across the state today increased their reach to the more than 1.3 million Tennesseans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps.

Today, the Tennessee Department of Human Services, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service hosted the Farmers’ Market On-Site Application and Approval Event for those interested in receiving free wireless point-of-sale (POS) devices equipped to accept SNAP benefits. Through this event, eligible participants were also able to receive approval to process SNAP transactions within the day, versus the normal processing timeframe.

Tennessee Rehabilitation Center Propels New Graduates Toward Greater Success

Monday, April 28, 2014 | 12:59 pm

NASHVILLE — More than 70 trained and skilled students embarked on new journeys Friday, as they graduated from programs within 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.

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.

DHS Kicks Off 2014 Summer Food Service Program Application Cycle

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 | 02:55 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.