Tennessee Code Annotated
Tennessee Code Annotated
37-3-102. Creation — Appointments — Meetings — Reimbursement
(a) There is created a permanent commission to be known as the commission on children and youth. The commission shall serve as an informational resource and advocacy agency for the efficient and effective planning, enhancement and coordination of state, regional and local policies, programs and services to promote and protect the health, well-being and development of all children and youth in Tennessee.
(b) The commission shall consist of twenty-one (21) members, to be appointed by the governor on the basis of broadly based and demonstrated leadership, interest, knowledge and activities concerning the problems and needs of children and youth. At least one (1) member of the commission shall be appointed from each of the state's nine (9) development districts. Membership shall include residents of urban as well as rural areas of the state. In making each appointment to the commission, the governor shall remain cognizant of, and shall give due consideration to, any applicable federal criteria that may be imposed pursuant to the provisions of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, compiled in 42 U.S.C. § 5601 et seq., as amended, and shall also remain cognizant of, and give due consideration to, the intent of this part that the commission shall act to promote and protect the health, well-being and development of all children and youth in Tennessee. In making appointments to the commission, the governor shall strive to ensure that at least one (1) person serving on the commission is sixty (60) years of age or older and that at least one (1) person serving on the commission is a member of a racial minority.
(c) Each regular appointment to the commission shall be for a term of three (3) years, and every appointee shall serve until a successor has been appointed and has qualified. No member of the commission may be appointed to serve more than three (3) consecutive three-year terms. Any vacancy occurring on the commission shall be filled by appointment only for the remainder of the unexpired term. Following any member's three (3) successive absences from commission meetings, the chair may request the governor to declare a vacancy and to fill the unexpired term.
(d) The commission shall maintain a permanent office in Nashville and shall meet at least four (4) times each year to transact business and perform its duties. The commission may meet at such other times and places as it deems necessary.
(e) The governor shall appoint one (1) member of the commission to serve as chair for a term of three (3) years.
(f) The commission may establish such subcommittees and ad hoc committees, and may convene such interdisciplinary advisory groups, as it may deem necessary to efficiently and effectively perform its duties and responsibilities.
(g) Members of the commission shall receive no compensation for their services, but shall be reimbursed for travel and other expenses actually incurred in the performance of their official duties. Such reimbursement shall be paid in accordance with the provisions of the comprehensive out-of-state travel regulations as promulgated by the department of finance and administration and approved by the attorney general and reporter.
37-3-103. Powers and duties.
(1) The commission shall perform each of the following duties:
(A) Make recommendations concerning establishment of priorities and needed improvements with respect to programs and services for children and youth;
(B) On or before September 1 of each year, make recommendations for the state budget for the following fiscal year regarding services for children and youth and submit the recommendations to the governor, the finance, ways and means committee of the senate, the finance, ways and means committee of the house of representatives, the legislative office of budget analysis, and the affected state departments;
(C) Implement the provisions of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, compiled in 42 U.S.C. § 5601 et seq., and distribute, consistent with the purpose of the commission as set forth by § 37-3-102(a), such funds as the general assembly shall direct;
(D) Advocate and coordinate the efficient and effective development and enhancement of state, local and regional programs and services for children and youth;
(E) Publish annually, on or before December 31, a comprehensive report on the status of children and youth in Tennessee; and distribute the report to the governor, to each member of the general assembly and to each of the state's depository libraries; and
(F) Promulgate, in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5, such rules as may be necessary to perform the duties prescribed by this part.
(2) If a new, separate or reorganized department, office or agency is established to administer the duties of youth services in the department of correction, the duties in this subsection (a) and the duties and authority provided by §§ 37-1-161 and 37-1-162, and any funds allocated to the commission on children and youth for distribution, may be transferred by executive order of the governor to such new, separate or reorganized entity.
(b) To the extent that adequate resources are available, the commission is authorized to perform any one (1) or more of the following activities:
(1) Identify and analyze specific problems concerning programs and services for children and youth;
(2) [Deleted by 2015 amendment]
(3) Review licensing or certification standards and program policies, promulgated by entities of state government, that affect children and youth; and make recommendations concerning such standards and policies to the governor, to the entity promulgating any such standard or policy and to each member of the general assembly; and
(4) Monitor foster care review boards; report on the impact of foster care review on children and youth in foster care; and make recommendations for improvement of the state's foster care system to the governor and each member of the general assembly.