The Department of Children's Services is reorganizing following problems that led to former Commissioner Kate O’Day’s resignation.
One of the biggest changes includes teaming with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to better train child abuse investigators.
Interim Commissioner Jim Henry says district attorneys sometimes are unwilling to prosecute a case because of problems with the investigation. Henry also says DCS is moving forward with a new process for reviewing child deaths that officials hope will be a "gold standard" for the nation.
The commissioner of an embattled state agency has resigned. Kate O’Day steps down as head of the Department of Children Services one day before she was to testify about child deaths.
A statement from Governor Bill Haslam’s office says O’Day “felt the time was right” to leave. She entered the job two years ago and has been under intense scrutiny in recent months for undocumented fatalities and a computer system plagued with glitches. Just this week, her office told newspapers they’d have to pay $55,000 to get copies of case files in question.
A state legislative committee is expected to hear from the head of the embattled Tennessee Department of Children's Services this week. Commissioner Kate O'Day is scheduled to address questions from the Senate Health and Welfare Committee on Wednesday.