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Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Three Branches Institute Addresses Child Safety, Juvenile Justice
Initiative aligns work of the executive, legislative and judicial branches
Nashville, TN – During the coming year, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services will continue the Three Branches Institute, an initiative bringing together members of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches to work with the department on strengthening the state’s child protection and juvenile justice systems.
“For Tennessee to have a strong and effective system of children’s services, the three branches of government must have a clear vision on the mission of the services, and confidence that the services are generating desired outcomes,” said DCS Commissioner Jim Henry.The Three Branches model grew from collaboration among the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Center for State Courts, and the National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges. DCS is working on this initiative with Casey Family Programs and the Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.
In Tennessee, the Institute has set a highly focused agenda, including: developing a clear picture of how well Tennessee’s child protection system works; a wide understanding of the complexities of child protection work; using standardized assessments by the courts and DCS to guide their work and to allow for uniform data collection; implementation of evidence-based practice alternatives to incarceration in juvenile justice; and allocation of juvenile justice resources to support community-driven solutions.
The Institute is expected to meet quarterly through August 2014. It began work in August 2012.
Members of the Tennessee Three Branches Institute are:
Representative Joe Armstrong
Senator Mike Bell
Representative Harry Brooks
Representative Kevin Brooks
Senator Charlotte Burks
Representative John J. DeBerry, Jr.
Senator Dolores Gresham
Senator Jack Johnson
Judge Donna Scott Davenport
Judge Nolan Goolsby
Judge Tim Irwin
Judge Robert Lincoln
Judge William Peeler
Judge Curtis Person
Judge Ken Witcher
Commissioner Larry Martin
Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH
Commissioner Bill Gibbons
Director Mark Gwyn
Commissioner Jim Henry
Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield
Commissioner E. Douglas Varney
TopicsBill Gibbons, Charlotte Burks, Crissy Haslam, Curtis Person, DCS, Derrick D. Schofield, Dolores Gresham, Donna Scott Davenport, E. Douglas Varney, Georgetown Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Harry Brooks, Jack Johnson, Jim Henry, Joe Armstrong, John Dreyzehner, John J. DeBerry Jr., Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, Ken Witcher, Kevin Brooks, Knox County Juvenile Court, Larry Martin, Macon County Juvenile Court, Mark Gwyn, Mike Bell, Nashville TN, National Center for State Courts, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Council of Family and Juvenile Court Judges, National Governors Association, Nolan Goolsby, Putnam County General Sessions Court, Rober Lincoln, Rutherford County Juvenile court, Tennessee, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Department of Children's Services, Tennessee Department of Corrections, Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee First Lady, Tim Irwin, Tipton County Juvenile Court, Washington County General Sessions Court, Will Cromer, William Peeler
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