Tennessee DCS requests $26.6 million in new funds to increase bed, placement capacity

The Tennessee state Capitol.  On Monday, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services requested supplemental money to help address the challenges it is facing.
  • The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services if facing a host of challenges.
  • On Monday, Commissioner Margie Quin appeared before a state House panel to seek nearly $27 million in new funding.

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services on Monday requested approval to spend nearly $27 million to increase bed capacity and foster care placements for hundreds of children in state foster care.

The funding request is separate from a pending $156-million request in the 2024 state budget, which Gov. Bill Lee’s administration is currently reviewing. Lee is expected to release his proposed budget in February.

DCS Commissioner Margie Quin said Monday the supplemental funding request is primarily focused on increasing bed space for older and high-need children, in addition to increasing foster care placements for teenagers and large sibling groups. The department could begin using the funds immediately pending legislative approval.

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