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Frequently Asked Questions


1. What kinds of facilities require a license?

Any substance abuse facility which offers treatment services for substance abuse requires a license from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS). Substance abuse facilities View More

2. What kinds of facilities are exempt from licensure?

The following facilities are exempt from licensure by Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS): View More

3. What kinds of facilities provide addiction services in Tennessee?

Alcohol and Drug

Residential Detoxification Treatment Facilities

Alcohol and drug residential detoxification treatment facilities provide intensive twenty-four hour residential treatment for service recipients to systematically reduce or eliminate the amount of a toxic agent in the body until they cease to exhibit signs and symptoms of withdrawal.


There are two levels of residential detoxification treatment:  View More


4. What does it mean to be 'licensed' or 'accredited' in this industry?

Licensing means that the facility has been granted a written notice conveying to the public that Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) has issued View More

Governance and Staffing

5. What kind of ownership and staffing structures are common with these types of residential arrangements?

A sober housing facility may be structured as a nonprofit corporation...View More


6. Are there any other organizations where we could find more information?

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

http://www.samhsa.gov/  View More

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