Posted 5/14/24


The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is excited to announce the community mental health centers that are receiving grant contracts to open two new Crisis Stabilization Units and Walk-In Centers for Children. 

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will work with Mental Health Cooperative in Nashville and Alliance Healthcare Services in Memphis to open these new options for families with children in crisis.

Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee General Assembly budgeted $5 million in new state funding for the creation of these centers.  Knoxville is home to the state’s first CSU/WIC for children operated by the McNabb Center and funded with a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and state infrastructure dollars.

A recent study ranked Tennessee #1 overall for access to and cost of mental health care and lower rates of mental health issues among children and youth.  The current fiscal year the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services budget contains more than $52.7 million dedicated to mental health and substance use services for children and youth.

Learn more about The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services for children, youth, young adults, and families at TN.gov/behavioral-health/children