Federal changes could mean cuts at state children's agency

Nashville (AP) - Govorner Phil Bredesen says the state may have to lay off about 160 administrative staffers at the Department of Children's Services because of cutbacks in federal funding.

Bredesen, a Democrat, says rule changes at the federal level are likely to cut $73 million out of the department's $109 million targeted case management system.

While members of the state's congressional delegation are trying to turn back the cuts, Bredesen says the state must plan for the reduced funding anyhow.

The targeted management system assigns 2,000 case workers to the 30,000 children supervised by the department.

Bredesen says he will make the layoffs and other cuts to keep funding for case management at its current levels.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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