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Pre-Arrest Diversion Infrastructure Program

In the FY18 budget, Governor Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly provided $15 million in funding for pre-arrest diversion infrastructure.  This non-recurring funding was competitively bid to grantees with a goal of supporting local communities in infrastructure development aimed at reducing or eliminating the time individuals with mental illness, substance use, or co-occurring disorder spend incarcerated by redirecting them from the criminal justice system to community-based treatment and supports.  An essential component of the process was leveraging local funding to support the state's investment.  Through this process, local partners were able to commit $4 million to supplement the funding from TDMHSAS.


1. Successfully develop infrastructure and services aimed at diverting individuals with behavioral health needs away from jail to appropriate community-based treatment.

2. Implement effective community strategies to better serve individuals in psychiatric crisis, safely reduce the prevalence of individuals with behavioral health needs in local jails, and reduce costs related prosecution and incarceration.

3. Demonstrate a collaborative and coordinated system-wide approach among local behavioral health providers, law enforcement, and the judicial system within the community to pre-arrest diversion.


Community Partners

Lead Agency: Mental Health Cooperative

Key Partners:

  • Metro-Nashville Government
  • Metro-Nashville Health Department
  • Metro-Nashville Police Department
  • Davison County Sherriff's Office
  • Metro-Nashville General Hospital

Lead Agency: Volunteer Behavioral Health

Key Partners:

  • Johnson Mental Health Center
  • Hamilton County Sheriff's Department
  • Chattanooga Police Department
  • Hamilton County and City of Chattanooga Governments
  • District Attorney
  • Mental Health Court   

Lead Agency: Knox County Government

Key Partners:

  • Helen Ross McNabb Center
  • Knox County Sherriff's Office
  • City of Knoxville
  • Knoxville Police Department
  • Knox County District Attorney's Office
  • Public Defender Office
  • Homeless Services Providers

Lead Agency: Helen Ross McNabb Center

Key Partners:

  • Hamblen County Government
  • Morristown Police
  • Hamblen County Sheriff's Department
  • Local community providers
  • Local community college
  • Public Defender Office
  • District Attorney Office
  • Recovery Court

Lead Agency: Madison County Government 

Key Partners:

  • Madison County Sheriff's Office
  • 26th Judicial District Office of Attorney General
  • Pathways of Tennessee, Inc.
  • T.A.M.B. of Jackson (Aspell Recovery Center)
  • Jackson Area Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency
  • Madison County Jail
  • City Court
  • General Sessions Court and Circuit Courts

Lead Agency: Volunteer Behavioral Health

Key Partners:

  • Plateau Mental Health Center
  • Putnam County Sheriff's Office Department
  • Cookeville Police Department
  • Satellite Med
  • Putnam County Health Department
  • District Attorney
  • Cookeville Regional Medical Center

Lead Agency: Alliance Healthcare Services

Key Partners:

  • Memphis Police Department including the CIT Officers
  • Shelby County Government including the Mental Health Court and Public Defenders Office
  • Memphis Fire Department
  • Western District of TN Probation Office
  • Local hospitals

In the News

Local News Coverage


Official Photos from Governor Haslam's Photographer




News Releases
Knox County Government Awarded $3.4 Million
Alliance Healthcare Services Awarded $3.1 Million
Madison County Government Awarded $3.1 Million
Mental Health Cooperative in Davidson County Awarded $2.6 Million
Volunteer Behavioral Health in Putnam County Awarded $400,000
Volunteer Behavioral Health in Hamilton County Awarded $350,000
Helen Ross McNabb Center in Hamblen County Awarded $184,325