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Office of General Counsel

Office of Legislation and Rules


The Division of General Counsel oversees and coordinates TDMHSAS legislative responsibilities, including:

  • An annual assessment of need for any change to existing law
  • The review and analysis of bills that directly or indirectly impact TDMHSAS and individuals with mental illness or substance abuse
  • Attendance at pertinent legislative committee meetings and floor sessions
  • The response to legislative inquiries
  • An annual summary of legislation of interest to service recipients and to the department.



The division oversees the process of rules development to regulate facilities and services for people with mental illness, and alcohol and drug disorders. A systematic administrative rules service process is used to incorporate evidence-based practices and promote stakeholder involvement in the rule making process.

Rules of TDMHSAS

2013 Legislative Summary

Click Here to view 2013 Tennessee legislation that relates to mental health services, substance abuse services, and/or the TDMHSAS.

For more information, call (615) 532-9439 or email

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