Department of Human Services

Families First Online Policy Manual

General Administrative Procedures

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41.4

CONFIDENTIALITY OF CASE RECORD INFORMATION

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The Department of Human Services in Tennessee, in accordance with the laws of this State and the Federal statutes pertaining to this subject, has adopted the policy of maintaining the confidential nature of Family Assistance, including Families First, information.The confidentiality objectives are:

 

        To develop a relationship of confidence between the Department and the applicant/recipient.

 

        To define and protect the right of applicants and recipients by safeguards which prevent their identification as a special group; their exploitation for commercial, personal, or political reasons; and which prevent information to be made available solely as a basis for prosecution and other proceedings except as directed by General Counsel.

 

        To provide a basis for recognition by the Court of the right of the Department to protect its records.

 

        To develop a relationship of confidence between the Department and the public at large by protecting information made available to the Department by representatives of the public and by utilizing such information only for the purpose of the proper functioning of the Departmentís programs.

 

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