The Sex Offender Treatment Board is part of the Tennessee
Department of Correction which manages the Board's legislatively
mandated work including the Sex Offender Fund.
In 1995, the Tennessee General Assembly created the Sex
Offender Treatment Board in the Department of Correction. The
General Assembly declared, reference TCA 39-13-702 (a), that
the "...comprehensive evaluation, identification, treatment and
continued monitoring of sex offenders who are subject to the
supervision of the criminal justice system are necessary in order to
work toward the elimination of recidivism of such offenders."
To that end, the General Assembly charged the Board with
developing and prescribing a standardized procedure for the evaluation and
identification of sex offenders
- developing and implementing methods of intervention
- development of guidelines and standards for a system of programs
for the treatment of sex offenders placed on probation,
incarcerated in the Department of Correction, placed on parole, or
placed in community corrections.
Additionally, the Board was charged with researching and
analyzing the program effectiveness, developing and prescribing an
offender tracking system and developing a system for monitoring
Historically, the Board's work emphasized development of
a statewide system of professionals specializing in sex offender
treatment. This foundational work was essential due to the
deficit of treatment professionals with specialized knowledge and
training of the adult and juvenile sex offender populations.
Therefore, in 1995, the Board contracted with the Special Problems
Unit, Department of Psychiatry, University of Tennessee -
Memphis. The Sex Offender Treatment
manual was an outcome of the
collaboration. For eleven (11) years, the Board has provided
specialized training in sex offender treatment techniques through an
annual training conference. Recently, the Board has emphasized
formalizing standards, guidelines, as well as administrative policy
The Board is comprised of a group of
individuals dedicated to the mission of reducing the likelihood of sexually
based offenders. The vision is the enhance public safety by laying the
ground work for a comprehensive approach to juvenile and adult sex offender
management in Tennessee.
provided within the Website lead to material maintained by the Sex Offender
Treatment Board. The department provides links to this information for the