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Division of Planning, Research and Forensics

THE OFFICE OF PLANNING

The Office of Planning coordinates TDMHSAS planning activities and responsibilities, including the development of:

  • Needs Assessment Process: The Needs Assessment Process creates a method for the Statewide Planning and Policy Council and the seven (7) regional Planning and Policy Councils to influence the design of the mental health and substance use delivery system. The Councils identify each region’s needs and target limited state and federal financial resources to more effectively and efficiently meet the needs as identified. Needs information is used to communicate and integrate results into a strategic planning and action process to ensure assessment information is used in meaningful ways. Considerations must include the Governor’s and Commissioner’s priorities, state and federal law requirements, SAMHSA’s strategic initiatives, data from statewide needs assessments, and funding availability. This model (PDF) depicts the annual process.
  • TDMHSAS Three Year Plan, required by Title 33, Tennessee Code Annotated: The Three-Year Plan informs the public of the Department’s goals, objectives, and strategies that include prevention, early intervention, treatment services and supports for people living with mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, and/or substance abuse disorders. An annual assessment of need for services and supports is used in the development of this plan. The Plan is divided into two documents: The Narrative Document and the Strategies and Outcomes.
  • Annual Strategic Plan, required by Part 56, Chapter 4, Title 9, Tennessee Code Annotated : The Annual Strategic Plan informs the public and assists the General Assembly in making meaningful decisions regarding the allocation of resources.,
  • Joint Annual Report: The Joint Annual Report is created in partnership between the Department and the Statewide Planning and Policy Council. The Joint Annual Report describes accomplishments and challenges experienced during the most recent fiscal year. The report is provided to the Governor and the State Legislature.
  • Community Mental Health Services Block Grant Application and State Plan: The Mental Health Services Block Grant funds the community-based service delivery system for mental health services to children diagnosed with serious emotional disturbance and adults living with serious mental illness. Tennessee's Mental Health Services Block Grant dollars are spent with emphasis on prevention, recovery, and providing services not covered by third party payment.
  • Mental Health Block Grant Implementation Report: This report is submitted to SAMSHA annually to provide information on purchases made with block grant dollars.
  • Grant Collection resource: A resource database designed to identify potential funding sources to assist providers in locating additional funds.

Planning and Policy Councils

The Office of Planning also coordinates the Statewide and Regional Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Planning and Policy Councils, which are established under T.C.A. §33-1-401 and T.C.A. §33-2-202 (mental health and developmental disability law). Title 33 of the Tennessee Code Annotated requires a structured planning process of council participation. These Councils include the participation of consumers, family members of consumers, providers, and advocates. Council participants advise TDMHSAS on the development of the Three-Year Plan, including a desirable array of prevention, early intervention, treatment services, and supports for individuals and their families. The Councils also assist the TDMHSAS in the annual assessment of need for mental health and substance abuse services. Furthermore, the Council advises the TDMHSAS of policy, formation of budget requests, and the development of and evaluation of services. Click here for more information and for the Planning and Policy Council meeting schedule.

RMHI Board of Trustees

Each of the Department’s Regional Mental Health Institutes has a board to advise the CEOs and inform the public about the needs and activities of each facility. Members are appointed by the commissioner for three-year terms. People interested in serving on the Boards of Trustees should send their curriculum vitae to Vicki.Pillow@tn.gov.

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