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Division of Substance Abuse Services

The Division of Substance Abuse Services’ responsibilities include planning, developing, administering, and evaluating a statewide system of substance use, abuse, and addiction services for the general public, persons at risk for substance abuse, and persons abusing substances. These responsibilities are carried out through partnering with other government agencies, community organizations, and advocacy groups. Treatment and prevention services are provided by community based agencies through individual contracts.

The division functions through four offices, four program areas and administrative support services:

  • Office of Addictions Treatment and Recovery Services
  • Office of Prevention Services
  • Office of Criminal Justice Services
  • Office of Program Development
  • Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment Program for DUI Offenders
  • Practice Improvement Program
  • Education and Training Program
  • State Opioid (Methadone) Treatment Authority
  • Special Projects, Administrative and Support Services

Use and abuse of alcohol, drugs and other substances can be prevented, prevention, treatment, and recovery services work. As stewards of public funding, program monitors, policy makers, and service advocates, the division supports and encourages:

  • Delivery of Person-Centered Prevention, Treatment and Addictions Recovery Services
  • Use of Evidence-Based and Promising Practices
  • Development of Strong  Partnerships and Collaboration to Deliver Treatment, Prevention and Recovery Services
  • Data-Based Decision Making
  • Evaluation to Ensure that Services Achieve Desired Outcomes

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.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant

The Draft Behavioral Health Assessment and Plan for the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant is available for public review and comment. Click here to download the document. Please submit all questions/comments via email to Taryn Sloss at Taryn.Sloss@tn.gov.

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Links