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State cuts hundreds of positions in Dept. of Human Services

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Several dozen Tennessee state workers have lost their jobs because of changes in some government assistance programs.

A reorganization is happening in the Tennessee Family Assistance Service.

Family Assistance falls under the Department of Human Services and administers temporary assistance for needy families and supplemental nutrition assistance programs.

The state has already eliminated 256 positions that were vacant this year, and on Friday it cut 121 probationary jobs.

Those were workers with less than 12 months of service at DHS.

And this isn't the end of the job cuts. DHS says it is seeing a declining caseload in the nutrition and temporary assistance programs, and that may require even fewer workers in the future.

The caseloads got lighter when Medicaid-eligible customers became part of TennCare.

With DHS in the support role, the caseload has dropped by more than a million individuals.

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