The Tennessee Accountability Center
The independent Tennessee Accountability Center, housed at the Center for State Child Welfare Data at Chapin Hall, was established under the terms of the Settlement Agreement in the Brian A. vs. Haslam class action lawsuit. The mission of the Accountability Center (AC) is two-fold. First, the AC will provide the information needed by the public and other stakeholders to understand what happens to children when they are placed in foster care in Tennessee. In turn, this information will help stakeholders understand how the Department of Children’s Services’ efforts to serve children can be reinforced. Second, the AC, through its work with the Department, will strengthen the systems the Department uses to monitor its performance going forward, beyond the 18-month term of the AC.
The AC will issue three public reports on the Department’s maintenance of program, policy and practice improvements achieved under the Settlement Agreement. The focus of each report was negotiated by the parties to the Brian A. lawsuit and each report is organized around the outcome, process, quality, and capacity measures needed to make informed judgments about whether the Department is fulfilling its mandates. The first report was published on December 12, 2017, and the second report was published on May 31, 2018. The third report will be published on November 30, 2018.