How to Apply for the BHSN for Children
The Behavioral Health Safety Net (BHSN) for Children provides essential outpatient mental health services to Tennesseans ages three to 17 who don't have insurance coverage or lack full behavioral health coverage. There are no limits on family income for eligibility.
The BHSN for Children is administered through contracts with Community Mental Health Agencies across the state, and each provider agency has an Outreach Coordinator who can assist families. These services are community-based, so inpatient care is not covered. The program also helps to connect/refer to other behavioral health payor sources.
To apply for safety net assistance, find a provider who serves your area, contact them and tell them you want to apply for the safety net program. If you are eligible for the program (see eligibility requirements below), the provider will assist you in completing the enrollment form.
Find a Provider in Your Area
In order to qualify for the BHSN for Children, you must:
- Age 3 – 17 years old
- A qualifying mental health diagnosis
- Tennessee resident
- A U.S. Citizen or qualified alien
- Not be in a long-term in-patient or residential facility
- Not be in State legal custody
Need help navigating eligibility? Check out our BHSN for Children Eligibility Guide available at this link.
For More Information
If you have concerns or need services for yourself, a child, or family member, contact our Helpline:
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except for state holidays)
If you feel at any time that you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line toll-free 24 hours, 7 days a week at 1-855-274-7471.