• Governor Proclaims June 15th Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | 7:38am

    NASHVILLEMore than 9,500 reports of adult abuse, neglect and/or exploitation were made last year to the Tennessee Department of Human Services’ Adult Protective Services (APS) unit. The number of individuals receiving services through the APS has increased nearly 40 percent in just six years. And more than eight out of 10 times, the abuser is related to the victim. Governor Phil Bredesen is proclaiming June 15th “Elder Abuse Awareness Day” in Tennessee, and the Tennessee Departments of Commerce and Insurance and Human Services are teaming up to help raise awareness.

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  • As Temperatures Increase, So Do DHS Inspections

    Wednesday, June 03, 2009 | 4:27am

    NASHVILLE — Child care providers across Tennessee who transport children are facing increased inspections again this summer. The Tennessee Department of Human Services is cracking down with extra monitoring visits, and even surveillance, to ensure that the state’s comprehensive transportation rules are being followed. Providers are being notified this week to be extra vigilant to keep their children safe during the hot summer months, or face the consequences. Those caught breaking the rules face a range of penalties, from being put on notice, probation or even suspension of their transportation operation.

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  • Tax Season a Big Boost to Child Support Collections

    Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | 8:28am

    State Claims Millions of Dollars from Parents Who Won’t Pay 

    NASHVILLE — The federal Income Tax Refund Offset program is paying off for thousands of Tennessee children. The state Department of Human Services has intercepted more than 24,000 tax refunds totaling $33.25 million so far this year. DHS works with the Internal Revenue Service to intercept tax refunds from parents who owe but are not paying their child support.  Any parent who owes more than $500 on his or her child support case is subject to the federal Income Tax Refund Offset program. 

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  • Recovery Act Helps More Tennesseans Feed Their Families

    Wednesday, April 01, 2009 | 5:43am
    Food Stamp Benefits Start Increasing Today
     
    NASHVILLE — Food Stamp program participants in Tennessee and across the nation are beginning to see the real effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. More than one million Tennesseans participate in the Food Stamp program, making up 473,000 households. Each month, approximately $117 million in benefits are issued to these individuals and families.  
     
    Starting April 1st, all participants will see a 13.6 percent increase in their monthly Food Stamp allotments. Those dollars are 100 percent federally funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and they will directly benefit local businesses as participants buy groceries to feed their families.   In general, a household of one will see a maximum increase of $24 per month, and a family of four will receive an $80 per month boost in benefits.

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  • Tennessee Earns High Marks in National Child Care Report Card

    Thursday, March 12, 2009 | 9:47am

    Background Checks, Numerous Licensing Visits Cited for Keeping Kids Safe

    NASHVILLE — The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRA) has released its report card on the state of child care in the U.S., and Tennessee now ranks third in the nation, behind only the Department of Defense and the District of Columbia.  The report, entitled “We CAN Do Better,” is a detailed study which reviews standards and oversight that promote health, safety and school readiness of our young children. Tennessee moved up several slots, having been ranked 7th in the 2007 report.

    "I’m proud that our Department of Human Services keeps such a close eye on its youngest and most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “Because of their hard work, our children are safe, healthy and ready for school when they leave their child care setting.”

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  • DHS Seeks To Increase Upcoming Summer Food Service Program

    Monday, February 02, 2009 | 6:13am

    NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Human Services is looking for sponsors and more feeding sites for the upcoming Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in order that low income children may have additional opportunities to receive healthy, nutritious meals during summer vacation. Regulated and funded nationally through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this nutrition program is designed to assist children who depend upon school lunch and breakfast programs when schools are in session and whose needs continue into the summer.  

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  • Governor Proclaims January 30th EITC Awareness Day

    Friday, January 23, 2009 | 4:12am

    Federal Tax Credit Helps Improves Lives of Working Low Income Families

    NASHVILLE — A statewide push is underway for working Tennesseans to receive millions of dollars that are left unclaimed every year. Last year, more than 588,000 low income families and individuals in the state received the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), with refunds totaling $1.2 billion dollars. 
     
    “The federal government estimates that up to 25 percent of the Tennesseans who would have qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit last year didn’t claim it,” said Governor Phil Bredesen. “That’s why I’m working to help raise awareness of this valuable federal tax refund and why I hope all Tennesseans who qualify to visit a free tax preparation site will do so and take advantage of this benefit.”

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  • Bredesen Lauds Success of Tennessee Rehabilitation Center Graduates

    Friday, December 19, 2008 | 7:24am
    SMYRNA , Tenn. –  More than 70 young men and women with significant disabilities walked or rolled their wheelchairs across the stage this morning during a graduation ceremony at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center. The students, whose disabilities include traumatic brain injury, mental retardation and even blindness, overcame tremendous barriers to get here today. On stage to offer congratulations on their hard work and dedication was Governor Phil Bredesen, the first Tennessee governor to attend a TRC graduation.

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  • Child Support Offers "Helping Hand" to Non-Paying Parents

    Monday, October 27, 2008 | 6:27am

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- The Hamilton County Child Support Office is launching a week-long effort to bring in thousands of overdue child support dollars. The “Helping Hand” program will target hundreds of parents—both mothers and fathers—who are facing jail time for their failure to pay court-ordered support.

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  • Tennessee Receives $80 Million to Help Citizens Pay Utility Bills

    Friday, October 17, 2008 | 11:20am

    NASHVILLE – Amid the current dismal economic news, there finally was some good news for citizens who are struggling to pay their utility bills. The Tennessee Department of Human Services was granted more than $80 million to provide heating and cooling assistance to low income families. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) late Thursday released $5.1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).   Tennessee’s share is $80.5 million, which is $50 million more than last year’s allocation.

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  • Child Care Providers Help Keep Kids Safe from Flu

    Friday, September 26, 2008 | 5:31am

    NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Human Service is making sure child care providers across the state gear up for flu season. Licensed agencies are required to keep detailed health records on the children in their care and must report any cases of the flu to their local health department, but legislation passed in the most recent General Assembly session mandates they now must also inform parents about the benefits of the flu vaccine.

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