Data Resources

Frequently Used Data Resources

Listed below are links to frequently used data resources covering various topics.

The Drug Overdose Dashboard is the result of collaborative efforts between Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), Office of Informatics and Analytics and the Department of Finance & Administration, Division of Strategic Technology Solutions (STS) to display state, regional, and county level data on fatal overdoses, nonfatal overdoses and drug prescribing in the state of Tennessee.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is the primary source of statistical information on the use of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and nonmedical use of prescription drugs as well as mental disorders in the United States.

The Uniform Reporting System (URS) Output Tables for the state of Tennessee is collected and reported annually to support the Community Mental Health Services Block Grant program in efforts to use data in decision support and planning. This document includes data on National Outcome Measures (NOMS), evidence-based practices, and utilization measures providing an overview of state mental health delivery.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services. The website provides information on a variety of data (such as substance abuse and mental health) on a state, regional and metro level.

The Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) provides information on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics of annual admissions to treatment for abuse of alcohol and drugs in facilities that report to individual State administrative data systems.


Data Resources by Category

Listed below are links to various data resources covering topics including mental health and substance abuse services, criminal justice, child well-being, education, health, and safety.

The KIDS COUNT Data Center is an online resource that provides data on child well-being over time from the most trusted national sources and from more than 53 state- and territory-based organizations: State- and territory-based organizations:

Tennessee KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee 2021 is available at this link:

The TIBRS Online Reports System, provided by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, accesses data on crime in Tennessee, crime on campus, hate crime and law enforcement officers killed or assaulted.

Tennessee Courts
provides Tennessee's Family and Juvenile Court annual reports ( as well as reports with Tennessee's court statistics (

The Tennessee Department of Education releases data for the public to use and analyze for research purposes. They also provide information in the form of TN Education Report Cards and the Tennessee Educator Survey.

The School Health Policies and Practices Study (formerly known as the School Health Policies and Programs Study) (SHPPS) is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels.

The School Violence: Data and Statistics, conducted by the CDC in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice, describes school-associated violent deaths, identifies common features of these deaths, estimates the rate of school-associated violent death in the United States, and identifies potential risk factors for these deaths.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary entity for collecting and analyzing national education data.


The Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health website includes national and state-level data on hundreds of child health indicators from the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) ( and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) (

The National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) provides mortality statistics that are based on information from death certificates filed in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and processed by the CDC.

The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) provides data on a broad range of health topics collected through personal household interviews. The NHIS questionnaire for children also includes small sets of questions for assessing emotional and behavioral problems in children.

The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) is a surveillance project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments. PRAMS collects state-specific, population-based data on maternal attitudes and experiences before, during, and shortly after pregnancy.

Trust for America's Health includes data on key health indicators for Tennessee.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a continuous cross-sectional survey of health and nutritional status conducted by the CDC.  NHANES measures prevalence of seven mental health disorders.

The Medicaid Benefits Online Database reflects Medicaid benefits covered in each state, limitations applied to those benefits, cost-sharing charges, and the reimbursement methodologies used for those benefits.

The Sycamore Institute is an independent, nonpartisan, research group that provides the public with information on complex issues that affect and connect Tennesseans' health and prosperity. County level data on TennCare enrollment, income, education, and insurance coverage are among the topics covered.

The  PLACES: Local Data for Better Health project is a collaboration between the CDC, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the CDC Foundation (CDCF) to provide counties, places, and local health departments regardless of population size and urban-rural status estimates for chronic disease risk factors, health outcomes, and clinical preventive services.


Prescription for Success is a strategic plan developed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in collaboration with other state agencies impacted by the prescription drug epidemic. 

The Tennessee Outcomes Measurement System (TOMS) web-page provides access to the surveys used to gather outcome measures in Tennessee.

The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) is a public health surveillance system that monitors drug-related hospital emergency department visits in order to report on the impact of drug use, misuse, and abuse in metropolitan areas and across the nation.

The State Profile System, part of NRI, Inc.'s State Data Infrastructure Coordinating Center, provides data and reports on the structures and functions of State Mental Health Agencies.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) provides public-use data files, file documentation, and access to restricted-use data files to support a better understanding of this critical area of public health. The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. Public-use files created by the SAMHDA project is available to users interested in mental health and substance abuse data on the ICPSR website.

SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) was a searchable online registry of substance abuse and mental health evidence-based interventions that are available for implementation. NREPP stopped updating in January 2018 and is no longer accessible as of August 2018. Although the Results First Clearinghouse Database still contains NREPP's program reviews, links to its website will direct you to a third-party archived version of the NREPP website, where available.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) contains data on all vehicle crashes in the United States that occur on a public roadway and involve a fatality.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security update the County Rankings and Statistics by Emphasis Area document annually. This document provides collision counts, rates, and rankings by county for a variety of crash topics such as severity level, driver age, speed involved, and alcohol impairment.


The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the nation’s premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. adult (ages 18 and older) residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services.

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a project of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, provides tools to map health information about Tennessee.

The United States Census Bureau Quick Facts offers access to summary profiles showing frequently requested data items from various Census Bureau programs. Profiles are available for the nation, states, counties, and places.

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors, plus obesity and asthma, among youth and young adults at the national, state, territorial, tribal, and local levels.