121 lose jobs in Tenn. Department of Human Services - WKRN News 2

121 lose jobs in Tenn. Department of Human Services

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - More than 100 employees with the Tennessee Department of Human Services learned last Friday that their positions are being eliminated.

The layoffs were confirmed late Monday morning by DHS spokesperson Devin Stone. In all 121 people lost their jobs.

She said the jobs were being eliminated from the department's Family Assistance division as case loads in that area continue to decrease.

The Family Assistance division deals primarily the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which is the food stamps program.

All of the state workers had been on probationary status as new employees within the last 12 months.

They will receive 10 days of pay as part of their termination, along with any accrued annual leave or compensation leave.

The release also indicated more job eliminations, but the effect on currently-filled positions is unclear.

The statement from DHS indicated “the department does expect to do additional position reductions” but " not yet know the exact number, classification, or location in the state.”

The state workers terminated are eligible to re-apply for other jobs within Tennessee government.

Earlier this year, DHS eliminated 256 vacant positions dealing with eligibility in the state's Medicaid TennCare.

Those duties are being transferred to the TennCare bureau.

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