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Moccasin Bend

Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute


Mary C. Young, Chief Executive Officer
100 Moccasin Bend Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Ph: (423) 265-2271  

About Us

Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute (MBMHI) is a psychiatric hospital that serves 52 counties in East Tennessee. It was founded in 1961 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The hospital offers 4 acute psychiatric care units and 2 long-term care units, comprising a total of 150 adult psychiatric beds. Hospitalizations are on a voluntary or involuntary basis, or patients can also be referred by the court system for pre-trial evaluations.

Our Mission

Bringing the hope of recovery to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness

Our Vision

A healing environment for every patient and a life lived in recovery

Our Values

  • Hope
  • Empathy
  • Advocacy
  • Respect
  • Trust
  • Safety


Anderson Cumberland Jackson Moore Smith
Bedford DeKalb Jefferson Morgan Sullivan
Bledsoe Fentress Johnson Overton Unicoi
Blount Franklin Knox Pickett Union
Bradley Grainger Lincoln Polk Van Buren
Campbell Greene Loudon Putnum Washington
Carter Grundy Macon Rhea Warren
Claiborne Hamblen Marion Roane White
Clay Hamilton McMinn Scott  
Cocke Hancock Meigs Sequatchie  
Coffee Hawkins Monroe Sevier  


Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute assists patients who are not typically served by the private service sector and have no other inpatient treatment resources available to them. Most patients have a severe and persistent mental illness and are hospitalized on an emergency, involuntary basis. The hospital is an authorized provider under TennCare.


In order for patients to receive the best care, each of the six treatment units offers a unique treatment team comprised of a psychiatrist, a nurse practitioner, a social worker, a nursing staff, an activity therapist, and a treatment team coordinator. Additionally, Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute offers:

  • Medical Clinic Services
  • Barber/Beautician Services
  • Laboratory Services
  • Pastoral Services
  • Pharmacy Services
  • Dietician Services
  • Psychological Services
  • A Patient Rights Advisor
  • Forensic Evaluation & Services



Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute ensures the highest quality of inpatient psychiatric services through accreditation and regulations from the Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. These agencies work to ensure practice and standards of safety.


Chief Executive Officer
Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institutes 
Phone: (423) 265-2271

Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Office of Consumer Affairs             
Phone: (800) 560-5767           

Joint Commission
Phone: (800) 994-6610