State Opioid Treatment Authority
Effective April 1, 2008, the Division of Substance Abuse Services assumed responsibility for oversight of Tennessee’s Opioid Treatment Programs (also known as “medication assisted treatment programs”). The State Opioid Treatment Authority within the Department of Mental Health is responsible for program oversight and clinical assistance. Specifically, the State Opioid Treatment Authority is responsible for providing administrative, medical, and pharmaceutical oversight to certified OTPs, including, but not limited to planning, developing, educating, and implementing policies and procedures to ensure that opioid addicition treatment is provided at an optimal level. Tennessee has ten (10) for-profit methadone clinics.