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Dr. Raquel HatterA Message from the Heart of Commissioner Raquel Hatter

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about the Department of Human Services.  We count it as an honor to be able to serve the people of Tennessee who benefit from the very important services we provide in their journey toward self- sufficiency.

The state budget and the current economic climate present us with a new normal in which we have to continue to find new ways to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. The DHS team works in partnership with Governor Haslam, the administration, our customers, community partners, legislators, and the people of Tennessee in our combined efforts to fulfill the DHS mission and to build a stronger Tennessee.

DHS is often a safety net for adults and families especially in tough economic times.
It is our hope that over the next few years DHS will be a strategic partner in the efforts toward workforce and economic development. We have several areas where we will be able to partner with the public and private sector in realizing this opportunity. This will be one of the many ways that we continue to partner with those we serve in their journey toward self-sufficiency and a better quality of life.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the employees of DHS for their dedication and commitment.  Please know that we appreciate all that you continue to do on behalf of DHS, those we serve, and the State of Tennessee.  And I also want to give a special ‘thank you’ to the people of Tennessee for your support of these critical services for adults and families.

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