Teresa James was appointed Commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services in September by Governor Steven Beshear. Prior to accepting the role as Commissioner, she has been the Acting Commissioner since December of 2011 and the Deputy Commissioner since 2008. A native of Midway, Kentucky, she received a bachelor’s of Social Work from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1993. She has over 25 years of clinical social work experience, including more than 22 years working with severely abused and neglected children, their families and vulnerable adults. She began her career as a front line child protective service worker with the Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources in 1986 in Danville, KY.
Commissioner James is a proud and passionate social worker who has a wide range of experiences in the field of social work and child welfare. She is committed to the Cabinet’s mission of protecting our most vulnerable children and adults as well as insuring that every child has an opportunity for permanency and a forever family. She is a collaborator who is committed to working with community partners to promote safety, stability, and well-being for each and every citizen of the Commonwealth.