NASHVILLE (AP) – Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has adopted a new plan for investigating child deaths that it says will be faster and more effective.
DCS recently faced months of criticism for failures that included not knowing how many of the children in its care had died. That culminated in the February resignation of the agency's commissioner.
The department is involved in two lawsuits seeking more information about how it deals with child deaths.
The death reviews are supposed to help the department recognize shortcomings and prevent future deaths. However, some employees involved in the reviews have said they are nearly useless.
The new protocol requires reviews to be conducted within 90 days of a death. It also looks for weaknesses in the system, rather than just individual wrongdoing.
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