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TDCI Warns Consumers of Nationwide Social Security, Homeland Security Scams

March 30, 2019

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI)

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is advising Tennessee consumers to be wary of callers purporting to represent the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in light of recent warnings from both agencies about nationwide telephone impersonation scams.

Scams [Read more]

Haslam, Barnes Announce Plans To Reform Welfare Programs to Encourage Self-Sufficiency And Program Integrity

September 19, 2017

SNAP Work Requirements to be Reestablished in 70 Counties beginning February 1st, Proposed Legislation Will Incentivize Work and Help Families Avoid “Fiscal Cliff”

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes today announced plans to reinstate the federal work requirement for able-bodied adults without dependents in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that was waived in 2008 during the economic recession.

With the state’s record low unemployment rates and significant job growth, the waiver is no longer needed across most of the state – but will remain in place in 16 counties designated as economically distressed. 

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Department of Human Services Kicks Off No Tennessee Child Hungry Awareness Campaign

March 15, 2016

Pledge support to raising awareness on child hunger in Tennessee #NoTNChildHungryPledge

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Dr. Raquel Hatter announced the launch of an awareness campaign calling attention to childhood hunger in Tennessee and urging Tennesseans to pledge support to help ensure no Tennessee child goes hungry.

In Tennessee, more than half a million children may go hungry each day. One in four Tennessee children faces the risk of hunger. This call to action is to generate awareness, prompt change, and help ensure that No Tennessee Child Goes Hungry.

No Tennessee Child Goes Hungry [Read more]

Tennessee Department of Human Services encourages Caregivers to “Look Before You Lock” when transporting Children

July 2, 2014

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (DHS) 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. [Read more]

Tennessee Department of Human Services reports the end of federal ARRA fund inflation to decrease all SNAP benefits November 1st

October 29, 2013

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

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – On November 1st, 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.

As a result, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which funds and oversees SNAP, on November 1st, for a family of four receiving a maximum allotment, benefits will decrease from $668.00 to $632.00, a decrease of $36.00, or 5.4 percent. [Read more]

Tennessee Department of Human Services Encourages Child Care Providers to heighten protective measures when Transporting Children

June 13, 2012

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – Extreme temperatures cause many health risks for children such as: sunburn, heatstroke, dehydration, brain damage and even death. The Tennessee Department of Human Services encourages state child care agencies to heighten preventative measures to keep children safe when transporting them during the summer months.

On an 80-degree day the temperature inside a locked vehicle increases 19 degrees in just 10 minutes; 29 degrees in 20; and 43 degrees in just one hour. For any human being subjected to such excessive extremes, the experience could prove fatal. [Read more]

Tennessee Department of Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Kick Off 2012 Summmer Food Program

June 7, 2012

Local Agencies Throughout Tennessee Assist Children with Nutritional Needs

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Human Services is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and local agencies across the State to kick off the 2012 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This year’s Summer Kick-Off Event will be hosted by DHS and East Tennessee Human Resource Agency on June 7th, 2012 at 11:00am at the Seymour Boys and Girls Club in Sevier County.

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. [Read more]

State Readies for Third Round of Standard Spend Down

September 8, 2011

Phone Lines will open 6:00pm CST September 12th

The Seal of the State of TennesseeNashville, TN – The TennCare Standard Spend Down program will again offer open enrollment opportunities to new applicants on Monday, September 12th, 2011 beginning at 6:00pm CST.

Standard Spend Down is available through a waiver to the Medicaid program for a limited number of qualified low income individuals, or those with high, unpaid medical bills who are aged, blind, disabled, or the caretaker relative of a Medicaid eligible child. Eligible individuals must have enough unpaid medical bills to meet the “spend down” threshold to qualify for coverage. [Read more]

New Program Year for LIHEAP now begins October 1st

June 27, 2011

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Start Date Aligned with Federal Fiscal Year

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – The Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced that program funds offered through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will now be awarded annually to coincide with the federal fiscal year moving from July 1st to October 1st.

Individuals who have received LIHEAP assistance since July 2010 must wait until October 1st for the new program year to begin before they can re-apply for benefits.

“We are aware of the hardships many citizens face during the summer months where there is an increase in utility costs,” said Tennessee Department of Human Services Assistant Commissioner Robert L. Matthews. “DHS is here to assist in any way possible.” [Read more]

DHS Inspections heat up as tempertures rise

June 9, 2010

Child Care Providers that offer Transportation put on Alert during Summer Months

Nashville, TN — In a renewed effort to ensure that comprehensive transportation rules are being followed, as well as remaining extra vigilant to keep children safe during hot summer days, child care providers across Tennessee who transport children will face increased inspections again this summer. The Department of Human Services licensing staff is cracking down with extra monitoring visits to providers who transport children. Those caught breaking the rules face a range of penalties, from being put on notice, probation or suspension of their operation.

Last summer more than 475 visits were conducted and 70 agencies were “Put on Notice” for violations that ranged from failure to conduct a walk-through to not reconciling the transportation logs. While violations have become less severe in the years since the transportation crackdowns began in 2003, DHS is not letting up. [Read more]

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