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TENNESSEE COMPILATION OF SELECTED LAWS ON CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES, 2011 EDITION

TENNESSEE CODE ANNOTATED

Title 37 Juveniles

Chapter 3 Administration of Children and Youth Services

Part 1 Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth Act of 1988

37-3-110. Part definitions.

As used in this section and in §§ 37-3-111 - 37-3-115, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) “Child-centered” means a system in which the needs of the child are at its core and that integrates services and programs offered by various departments of state government, units of local government and public and private agencies to support and serve the child;

(2) “Commission” means the commission on children and youth;

(3) “Council” means the council on children's mental health care;

(4) “Culturally competent” means a system that has the ability to deliver and ensure access to services in a manner that effectively responds to the values and practices present in the various cultures of children;

(5) “Demonstration sites” means certain geographic areas throughout the state where children's mental health care is in keeping with the principles set out in § 37-3-112(b);

(6) “Family” means:

(A) The members of a household living, on a full-time or a part-time basis, in one (1) house, condominium, apartment or other dwelling;

(B) People related by blood or ancestry, marriage, or adoption;

(C) Any person who is held out to the public as being a family member of a child;

(D) Foster parents and foster children;

(E) Stepparents and stepchildren; and

(F) Any other group that the council determines by policy or rule to constitute a family for purposes of this part;

(7) “Family-driven” means a system in which the needs of the family are at its core and that integrates services and programs offered by various departments of state government, units of local government and public and private agencies to support and serve the family;

(8) “Linguistically competent” means a system that has the ability to deliver and ensure access to services in a manner that effectively responds to the languages present in the various cultures of children;

(9) “Mental health care” means all services and programs offered by various departments of state government, units of local government and public and private agencies that support and serve the mental health needs of children and their families; and

(10) “Mental health needs” means any significant behavioral problem or emotional disorder, whether the problem or disorder is biologically-based or due to environmental factors, including, but not limited to, any psychiatric disorder, alcohol or substance abuse, depression or suicide, hyperactivity or attention-deficit disorder.

Acts 2008, ch. 1062, § 1.

Compiler's Notes. For the Preamble to the act regarding to the mental health needs of Tennessee's children and youth, please refer to Acts 2008, ch. 1062.

Former part 1, §§ 37-3-101 - 37-3-110 (Acts 1980, ch. 865, §§ 1, 3-9, 13; 1985, ch. 478, § 34; T.C.A., §§ 37-7-101 - 37-7-109), concerning the children's services commission, was repealed by Acts 1988, ch. 979, § 2.

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