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Department of Mental Health Commissioner

E. Douglas Varney

Photo of Doug VarneyThe Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is the state’s mental health and substance abuse authority. Its mission is to plan for and promote the availability of a comprehensive array of quality prevention, early intervention, treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation services and supports based on the needs and choices of individuals and families served. The department is responsible for system planning; setting policy and quality standards; system monitoring and evaluation; disseminating public information; and advocating for persons of all ages who have mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, and substance abuse disorders. TDMHSAS annually assesses the public’s needs for mental health and substance abuse services and supports. Title 33 of the Tennessee Code Annotated requires that functions of TDMHSAS be carried out in consultation and collaboration with current or former service recipients; their families, guardians or conservators; advocates; provider agencies; and other affected persons and organizations.

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Contact Information for Commissioner Douglas E. Varney

By Mail: Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Andrew Jackson Building
500 Deaderick Street, 6th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

By Phone: (615) 532-6500
By Fax: (615) 532-6514

By Email: OC.TDMHSAS@tn.gov

Commissioner's Biography