DCS commissioner under fire

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An East Tennessee nonprofit agency received several notices of violation while under the direction of Kate O'Day, who currently serves as commissioner of the Department of Children's Services.

The Tennessean cited records it obtained in reporting on the violations that occurred while O'Day served as CEO of Child and Family Tennessee in Knoxville. The newspaper reviewed inspection reports for the agency from 2006 through 2009. It said reports prior to 2006 weren't available. Admissions to the agency were frozen in 2010.

O'Day took the position as DCS commissioner in 2011, and that agency has been beset by problems this year including improper payments to foster parents, not reporting child fatalities to lawmakers and data problems that mean the agency can't provide accurate information about children in its care.


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