Press release from the Office of State Sen. Lowe Finney, D-Jackson; October 17, 2013:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jim Henry will appear before the Senate Health & Welfare Committee in December to provide an update on the department.
State Sen. Lowe Finney requested the committee meeting in a letter to the committee chairman in June. The legislature, which adjourned in April, is not scheduled to reconvene until January. The meeting will give lawmakers and the general public an update on any improvements that have taken place in the department, as well as any new issues that have arisen since the Commissioner last addressed the committee on March 26.
“I want to thank Commissioner Henry for his stewardship of the department and total transparency since becoming Commissioner in February,” Sen. Finney said. “We as lawmakers want to do everything we can to help him make DCS an effective state agency and safe and helpful caregiver to the children of Tennessee.
“The public is rightfully concerned about the children in state custody and how we can best address their needs, whether it be with improved technology for case managers or better tools for law enforcement. This update is critical to the legislature’s efforts to keep children safe and healthy.”
The hearing will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.