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Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility opened in June of 1992, and is equipped to house up to 800 inmates. Of those beds, 268 are assigned to the medical unit, 376 are assigned to the mental health unit and 156 are assigned to inmate workers who provide institutional support services.


The Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility will provide quality health care and intensive mental health and sex offender treatment programming in a setting that:

  • Ensures a safe and desirable environment for staff/inmates who participate in our programs and services
  • Addresses the physical and mental health needs of inmates in a humane manner
  • Meets or exceeds the standards established in the community for quality care


The mental health units are supervisoed by the Director of Mental Health and are managed under a modified unit management concept, including mental health nursing care. The staff of the mental health units is centered in the mission of each unit and includes an array of qualified mental health and health care professionals. Mental health units are comprised of the following:

  • Sex offender treatment programs
  • Sex offender rehabilitative program
  • Acute, intensive and intermediate units
  • Basic skills units

Each unit is overseen by the unit director. Units are staffed with nursing personnel who report to the Mental Health Director of Nursing. All unit security staff report to the unit director.


The Health Center contains three skilled inpatient units, with a total capacity of 104 beds, and supporting ancillary departments include:

  • Emergency room
  • X-ray
  • Physical therapy
  • Laborabory
  • Dialysis
  • Dental services

Primary medical and dental services are provided by al DSNF units by the Health Center medical and dental staff.


Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility
7575 Cockrill Bend Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209
(615) 350-2700, ext. 2808