Providers & Partners


Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services relies on a network of direct contracting private providers to deliver a wide array of clinical and therapeutic services to children and youth who come into the Department’s care.  These providers assist with supports, services, experiences and opportunities that are individualized based on the strengths and needs of each individual youth. 

Those eligible to be served by the private provider network include all children and youth coming into the custody of the Department of Children’s Services needing out-of-home and therapeutic care.  

This out-of-home care includes Level 1 foster care, Levels 2 & 3 residential and congregate care and Level 4 sub-acute psychiatric care.  Several of these agencies also deliver residential specialty services including programs for developmentally delayed children, medically fragile foster care, residential Alcohol & Drug treatment and juvenile sex offender programs. 

These programs are all funded through a combination of state and federal funding, including TennCare and Title IV-E.