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Licensed Child-Caring Institution, Group Home, Residential Treatment, and Institutional Care Placement: ICPC referral for placement in a Licensed facility must contain a cover letter, ICPC 100A, documentation of sending agent’s authority to plan for the child and be financially responsible for the child during the period of placement and a copy of the letter of acceptance from the licensed facility.  (Reference: TCA 71-3-501 et seq.)

Approval for the placement into a licensed facility is based upon the licensure status of that facility remaining in good standing.

Licensure Authorities: Department of Children’s Services, Mark Anderson, Director, Telephone: (615) 532-5640 (Office) Mark.Anderson@tn.gov

Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Determination, James Jones, Telephone:  (615) 532-2918 James.Jones@tn.gov


TNCARE/Medicaid Payments: Eligibility continues for foster care and subsidized guardianship and subsidized adoptive placement. Identification and enrollment of providers is required. COBRA requirements are in effect for all eligible Title IV-E/Adoption Assistance foster care and adoptive placements and for adopted children who are receiving state adoption assistance payments for medical and/or rehabilitation conditions into and out of Tennessee.

Foster Care Payments: Foster parents moving from Tennessee with a foster child are expected to continue to provide care at Tennessee rates. With approval of the Director, Adoptions and Foster Care, the rates of the receiving state may be paid for care in foster home or facility originating in the receiving state.  Current TN DCS foster rates are located on TN DCS Intranet: http://www.tn.gov/youth/  or call 1-877-327-5437 or on the APHSA/AAICPC Tennessee State Web Page access.  

Rate Setting: Rates are established by the administrative body for each service.

Useful Telephone Numbers:

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting: (1-800-237-0004) Tennessee DCS has a 24-7 state- wide child abuse hotline.  This number is used to report child abuse and neglect only.  Direct all other calls to the appropriate county office.

Central Abuse Registry:  Contact the TN DCS county/or Regional office directly.  Directory located on TN DCS Internet: http://www.tn.gov/youth/childsafety.htm

Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance: (615-532-5634) Vicki Davis E-mail: Vicki.Davis@tn.gov

Department of Children’s Services Licensing: (615 532-5640) Mark Anderson, Director                 E-mail: Mark.Anderson@tn.gov

Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Licensing:  (615) 532-2918 James Jones, E-mail: James.Jones@tn.gov

Department of Children’s Services Interstate Compact for Juveniles:  (615) 741-9856. Sherry Bolden Rivers, Deputy Compact Administrator.  E-mail: Sherry.Bolden.Rivers@tn.gov

Runaways (Travel Arrangements) TN DCS only:  (615) 741-8489 or (615) 532-5619

The Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children Procedures Manual

Revised: January, 2012                                                                                                                           Page 11

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