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Department Rules

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The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services operates under Tennessee State laws and rules. State rules are written by state agencies when they are authorized by the legislature to do so.  While not laws, rules are used to implement laws by providing definitions, guidance, and procedures to be followed.

Read the rules of the department at this link on the Secretary of State's website


A public Rulemaking Hearing on the 2020 update to the TDMHSAS Controlled Substances rules (Public Chapter 940-06-01) was held on July 22, 2020.  Due to COVID-19 precautions preventing groups for gathering, the Rulemaking Hearing was held via videoconference.   Click this link for a recording of the meeting.