Legislation passed in 2008 established a council on children’s mental health care to design a plan for a statewide system of mental health care for children. It requires the Council to develop a plan for a statewide system of care where children’s mental health services are child-centered, family-driven, and culturally and linguistically competent, and provides a coordinated system of care for children’s mental health needs in the state.
Council is co-chaired by the commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.
The plan created by the Council must:
Other Council duties include stimulating more effective use of resources, assisting in developing interagency agreements, determining whether programs are evidence-based, research-based and theory-based and submitting those findings.