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The vision of the Tennessee Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (TADEC) is that every child in Tennessee has the opportunity to experience a safe and healthy childhood free from the use of drugs and the effects of drug exposure. The Tennessee Alliance for Drug Endangered Children approach is comprehensive, focusing on the formation of community-based partnerships to engage professionals from multiple disciplines in developing a collaborative approach to rescue, defend, shelter, and support children living in drug environments. 






What is a Drug Endangered Child? 

Drug endangered children are children from birth to 18 years of age who live in, are exposed to, or found in places where controlled substances are sold, manufactured, processed or used. Drug endangered children are at increased risk of injury or death, physical and sexual abuse and nutritional, educational, supervisory and emotional neglect. These children are also at risk of perpetuating the cycle of drug and child abuse. 














Jaleese Simpson is the Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Coordinator for Cheatham County.

As the Drug Endangered Children (DEC) Coordinator, Simpson is responsible for connecting members of local organizations and community partners who encounter children in drug endangered environments to create a response team across Cheatham County. Some of these local partners include law enforcement, TN Department of Children Services (DCS), school system representatives, TN Department of Health, and the Cheatham County Juvenile Court.  Simpson's role is to assist and support these organizations, mental health services, community members,  and local partners as we work together towards positive change and advocating for safe and healthy children and families across Cheatham County. 


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Visit the links below to get more information on just a few of the ways your DEC Coordinator can provide assistance, resources, and education to your  community partners as we work together to support and guide our community towards safe and healthy children and families in our schools and at home. 

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Contact your DEC Coordinator Jaleese Simpson for more information  on trainings and programs we  provide in your community!

  • YOU play an important role for the children in our community. How can you help? 

  • ANY PERSON who has knowledge of or suspects abuse or neglect of a child MUST report it.  (The law makes no distinction between professionals and non-professionals).

  • In Tennessee you have a hotline available 24/7/365. The number is 1-(877)-237-0004.

  • Reports can also be made online

For more information on mandatory reporting, click here

We care about the youth in our community!

If you need help (whether it is food assistance, physical and mental health services, family planning, substance use recovery, and more) you can visit the link below and find all the resources you need to be safe and healthy.




You are NOT alone and we want to help YOU!

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