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New Website for Families

As a participating member of the Governor's Children's Cabinet, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is proud to support the launch of

This new website provides information on health, education, development and support to Tennessee families, as well as a searchable State Services Directory. Families will also be able to create their own private profiles on the kidcentral tn site, which will allow them to receive information that matters to the specific needs of their families.

Supporting kidcentral tn reinforces the department's vision to be one of the nation's most innovative and proactive service providers for Tennesseans dealing with mental health and substance abuse problems.

Visit to explore the site and share it with the Tennessee families you serve every day.

Latest News & Events:

Announcement of Funding regarding Mobile Crisis Services for Children and Youth

The Department has released an Announcement of Funding regarding Mobile Crisis Services for Children and Youth. To see the announcement, please click here. Please refer to page 6 within the Announcement of Funding for the appropriate process to submit all non-eligibility related questions. If you have any questions about this Announcement of Funding, please contact Sejal West, Assistant Commissioner of the Division of Mental Health Services, by email at

  • To see the TDMHSAS written responses to submitted questions related to the Children and Youth Mobile Crisis Announcement, please click here.
  • To see "Chart A - Volume estimates per Service Area," please click here.
  • To see "Chart B - TDMHSAS and TennCare," please click here.
  • To see Attachment A: Cover Sheet and Attachment C: Proposed Budget and Budget Justification Worksheet, please click here.

NOTICE: We are delaying the announcement of accepted proposals for the TDMHSAS Mobile Crisis Services for Children and Youth Announcement of Funding based on the high number of responses we received. We are committed to ensuring TDMHSAS is able to select the highest quality and most clinically appropriate proposals. By delaying the announcement, we are able to provide sufficient time for our raters to score the proposals in a thorough and thoughtful manner. This time will allow for the due diligence needed prior to making any potential changes to our extremely vital and important children and youth mobile crisis system. We strive to make the very best decision for the children and families in Tennessee. We understand that this delay may cause some challenges with implementing by July 1, 2014. We will work closely with and provide support to all selected proposers to ensure a smooth and timely implementation.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Boxes Around Tennessee

As of January 5, 2014, there are currently 86 permanent locations in 48 counties around Tennessee where you can safely drop off your unused prescription drugs. Please click here to see the current list.

TDMHSAS Central Office Has a New Address, Effective Monday, November 18

The mailing address for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Central Office will be changing, effective Monday, November 18, 2013. Our new address will be: The Andrew Jackson Tower, Fifth and Sixth Floors, 500 Deaderick St., Nashville, TN 37243.

The following offices will be on the sixth floor:

  • Office of Commissioner E. Douglas Varney and Deputy Commissioner Marie Williams
  • Division of Hospital Services (led by Assistant Commissioner John Arredondo)
  • Division of Clinical Leadership (led by Medical Director Dr. Howard Burley)
  • Division of Administrative Services (led by Assistant Commissioner Heather Gundersen)
  • Office of Human Resources (led by Executive Director Vickie Graham)
  • Office of Communications (led by Director Michael Rabkin)

The following offices will be on the fifth floor:

  • Division of Mental Health Services (led by Assistant Commissioner Sejal West)
  • Division of Substance Abuse Services (led by Assistant Commissioner Rod Bragg)
  • Division of Planning, Research & Forensics (led by Assistant Commissioner Marthagem Whitlock)
  • Division of the General Counsel (led by General Counsel Zack Griffith)
  • Office of Licensure (led by Director Cynthia Tyler)

All phone numbers, fax numbers, and email addresses will remain the same.

New Rules Filed for Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)

The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) has filed new administrative rules affecting methadone clinics and other non-residential opioid treatment facilities. To see the rules, click here.

Consumer Advisory Board Meetings Information

The Consumer Advisory Board meets via conference call on the first Friday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. Central. The conference call is open to the public. The call-in numbers are 741-1513 (Nashville area) or 1-866-525-0738 (toll-free). The mission of the Consumer Advisory Board is to voice an informed perspective on policy and planning issues that impacts the recovery, resiliency, and rights of people with mental illness.

The TDMHSAS Newsletter

Read the current issue of The TDMHSAS Newsletter and check out past issues here.

Peer Support Work Group

The Peer Support Work Group was established in 2011 to review various models and programs of providing peer support services in order to determine the best model(s) for Tennessee. Click Here to read their report, which was issued in March 2012.

My Health, My Choice, My Life

My Health, My Choice, My Life is a health promotion and wellness initiative for Tennesseans who live with mental health and substance use conditions. My Health, My Choice, My Life provides individuals with self-directed tools, empowering them with the knowledge, skills and resources to improve their overall well-being and resiliency and live healthy and purposeful lives. Click Here for more information.

Commissioner Doug Varney: Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Commissioner Varney talks about his vision for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, his experience and transforming state government to become more efficient and effective.

Mandatory Prescreening Agent Info.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Mandatory Prescreening Agents are required to take the MPA Refresher Course every two years.

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