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TN-Recovery Oriented Compliance Strategy

Developed by Judge Duane Slone, the Tennessee Recovery Oriented Compliance Strategy (TN-ROCS) Program is a court diversion strategy that serves justice-involved adults who have serious mental illness (SMI), mental illness (MI), co-occurring disorders (COD) or substance abuse disorders and who have low to medium risk factors for re-offending and medium to high needs for substance abuse and mental health services.  This model provides an option for judges to address the needs of defendants who do not meet criteria for recovery court or do not want to participate in recovery court. 

TN-ROCS service recipients are ordered by a judge to take part in the program.  Service recipients must comply with their release plan and supervision requirements, as well as appear in court as requested by the judge.  Service recipients can stay in the community as long as they follow the program.  Review dockets are held to ensure the service recipients are following the program.

State funding for TN-ROCS program was first included in the FY19 budget as part of the TN Together plan to address opioid addiction and was expanded in the FY20 budget.  Currently, nine counties have TN-ROCS programs: Grainger, Jefferson, McMinn, Monroe, Rutherford, Sevier, Sullivan, Van Buren, and Warren. New funding is being implemented to expand that number.

For More Information

If you or a loved one need a referral to substance abuse treatment services, please call or text the TN REDLINE: 800-889-9789

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.

To learn more about this program, please contact:

David Linens
Criminal Justice Program Specialist
615-253-5313
David.W.Linens@tn.gov