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In Home Tennessee

In Home Tennessee: Enhancing In-Home Services

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can I get involved with In Home Tennessee and participate in trainings and workshops?
Call (615) 253-4481 or email EI-DCS.In-Home-TN@tn.gov to engage with someone about getting involved.

What is the purpose of the community stakeholder assessment meetings?

The community assessment prepares regions for the successful implementation of the In Home Tennessee initiative by involving DCS staff, families, private providers, community partners, and other child welfare stakeholders in using their personal experiences and professional judgments to assess services and practices within their region.
The assessment process helped those involved produce regional goals relating to services provided to families.

When did In Home Tennessee start?

As of September 2013, all 12 regions have begun implementing the In Home Tennessee enhancement. Implementation includes training for DCS and service provider staff, as well as work conducted to improve, increase, and/or enhance the child welfare service array.

Why are we implementing the In Home Tennessee enhancement?

The Department of Children's Services is committed to children and families and is participating in this enhancement in an attempt to ensure they receive the most appropriate, quality, and effective services available.  In Home Tennessee supports the effective engagement of families, providers, and community stakeholders in making available appropriate service interventions for children and their families so that child maltreatment and out-of-home care is reduced.

How is In Home Tennessee involved with the Community Advisory Boards (CABs) in regions?

DCS communicates regularly with our CAB stakeholders and shares information regarding the successes of the initiative and any areas of need. In Home Tennessee is fully supportive of the Community Advisory Boards and wishes to partner with these entities in any ways possible.

How are regions keeping participants from all parts of the community involved?

Everyone involved is asked to share information about In Home Tennessee with someone they know and invite that person to become a member of a workgroup or team. We encourage one-on-one communication to motivate and inspire people in the community to participate and believe that this initiative will change lives.

Many regions circulate regular newsletters that include news and happenings with In Home Tennessee, and In Home Tennessee news is shared regularly in the statewide Department newsletter “The Open Line.” Additionally, In Home Tennessee news is included in the updates on the Departments Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TNdcs). Downloadable brochures and posters are available on the In Home Tennessee homepage as well.

Who’s going to pay for this?

DCS had a partnership with the Atlantic Coast Child Welfare Implementation Center (ACCWIC) to provide training, technical assistance and resources to support sound implementation of In Home Tennessee. This partnership began in 2009 and continued through September 2013.

This initiative hinges on collaboration with private providers and community stakeholders. Families, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, DCS, and other stakeholders must work together to find ways to offer additional and more quality services and to provide improved service delivery in order to meet the needs of families within communities. Some community groups have received grants and have included the In Home Tennessee initiative as part of their work, and some private providers have expanded their services in an effort to meet the service needs.

How does this benefit me?

Members of the community who participate in the many workgroups across the state play a key role in addressing service gaps and practice needs. Contracts for services have been written in a clearer language, and agencies are held accountable for their work, so that families get the needed quality services.

How will information be received?

Each region has an In Home Tennessee communications team or representative. Vehicles of communication include printed messaging, the In Home Tennessee website, e-mails, regional newsletters, word of mouth at community gatherings, and any other region-specific avenue.

What is In Home Tennessee’s role in the IV-E waiver/Demonstration Project?

The IV-E waiver, also called the In Home Tennessee Demonstration Project, is a federally supported initiative that allows the state more flexible usage of a portion of federal funding for children and families.  The state is using these funds to add regional interventions to our daily work with the goal of reducing the rate at which children are entering custody.

How can I find out more information about the IV-E waiver/Demonstration Project?

Call (615) 253-4481 or email EI-DCS.In-Home-TN@tn.gov.

Last updated: April 2015