Licensed Facilities

TN Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

The Office of Licensure is responsible for protecting Tennesseans who receive mental health, substance abuse, and personal support services.

The Office of Licensure:

  • Conducts unannounced inspections and follow-ups of licensed facilities and services
  • Conducts investigations of licensed, and unlicensed, service providers following reports of inadequate care or violation of rules
  • Maintains files and records on all alcohol and drug/mental health facilities and personal support service agencies across Tennessee
  • Provides consultation and technical assistance to licensed providers and individuals/entities seeking information to become a licensed provider
  • Works to protect your interests against unlicensed service providers

Licensure Portal:

Contacts: Daniel Giannotti – Director for Licensure


Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The DIDD Office of Risk Management and Licensure functions to protect the interest of tax-paying citizens against unlicensed service providers, unsafe environments, inadequate education and training of personnel, physical and mental abuse and any unscrupulous acts deemed detrimental to the treatment and general welfare of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This also includes those in need of personal support services.

Operating out of three regional offices -one in each grand region of the state, licensure staff:

  • Conduct unannounced inspections and follow-up inspections of licensed facilities
  • Develop the supporting documents needed to issue licenses
  • Ensure reports of abuse and deficiency in operation of a facility or service are investigated
  • Maintain current files and appropriate records for all facilities and services licensed by the department
  • Provide consultation and technical assistance as needed to licensed and proposed programs

Licensure Inquiry Portal:

Contact: Daven N. Harrell – Director, Office of Risk Management & Licensure


Health Facilities Commission

The 112th Tennessee General Assembly passed Public Chapter 1119 to create a new independent state agency, the Tennessee Health Facilities Commission (HFC). The Commission is formed from the former Health Services and Development Agency (HSDA) and Department of Health’s Office of Health Care Facilities (OHCF). The Health Facilities Commission is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) designated State Surveying Agency (SSA).

The Health Facilities Commission encompasses the Certificate of Need Program, the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities (BLHCF), the Nursing Home Civil Monetary Penalty Reinvestment Program, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Program, and conducts the surveys and investigations of health facilities to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.

Licensure Portal:

Contact: Caroline Tippens – Director, Licensure & Regulation


Department of Human Services

Adult Day Services

Adult day services centers are designed to maintain or restore each participant’s optimal capacity for self-care through medical or social services. Adult day services centers provide a place that will help participants to avoid feeling isolated or lonely and helps family caregivers take some time to rest and care for themselves. This program is funded through the Social Services Block Grant. Adult day service centers providing care to 5 or more people are required to obtain a license by the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) and adhere to licensing requirements.


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