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Division of Mental Health Services

Office of Children and Youth (OCY)

Early Intervention Programs

For more information, please contact: Louise Barnes at 615-532-6727 or

RIP (Regional Intervention Program):  Funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, RIP is designed for the early treatment of children with moderate to severe behavior disorders. This is a parent-implemented program supported by a small professional and paraprofessional staff in which parents serve as primary teachers and behavior change agents for their own child, and as daily operators of the overall program. 

RIP is available at eleven (11) sites across the state. TDMHSAS provides funding in the amount of $2,033,352 annually for RIP, and in FY12 495 children in 440 families were served by a RIP program.
For more information on this program contact RIP-Nashville at 615-963-1177, or

For information on a local program near you, contact:

RIP-Nashville: (Davidson County) - 615-963-1177  (programs, and staff training site)

RIP-Expansion programs:
Memphis (Shelby County) – 901-678-5258
Murfreesboro (Rutherford County) – 615-890-4622
Gallatin (Sumner County) – 615-451-9618
Franklin (Williamson County) – 615-849-5236
Cleveland (Bradley County) – 423-339-6781
Columbia (Maury County) – 931-490-1556
Clarksville (Montgomery County) – 931-920-2347
Knoxville (Knox County) – 865-523-8695, X. 1125
Johnson City (Washington County) – 423-232-4211
Kingsport (Sullivan County) – 423-224-1020


PROJECT B.A.S.I.C. (Better Attitudes and Skills In Children): Project B.A.S.I.C. is a school-based, mental health prevention/early intervention service. The program's focus is to promote mental health in children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, as well as to identify and refer children at risk of Serious Emotional Disturbance to mental health services.  

Project B.A.S.I.C. sites are in 34 counties across the state; all but one are rural counties.  Project B.A.S.I.C. programs are a partnership between a local elementary school and the local Community Mental Health Agency.

TDMHSAS provides funding in the amount of $1,620,500 annually for Project B.A.S.I.C., and in FY12, 12,447 children were served by a Project B.A.S.I.C. program.

For more information on this program, contact Louise Barnes at 615-532-6727.

CHILD CARE CONSULTATION: This service has established a coaching cadre to support child care providers previously trained in the Pyramid Model modules. The Pyramid Model (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social and emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5. A large number of early child care and Pre-Kindergarten providers have been trained in Pyramid Model strategies.

Child Care Consultation has produced an upward adaptation of the Pyramid Model strategies to be developmentally appropriate for children in Kindergarten and First Grade. These strategies are beginning to be implemented in selected Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms at schools which have a Project B.A.S.I.C. program.

Research has shown that the most effective way to embed new techniques in the classroom is to provide support coaching. Therefore, this initiative has trained the Project B.A.S.I.C. Child Development Specialists (CDS), who work in elementary schools, in Pyramid Model techniques so that they can provide support coaching to Kindergarten and First Grade teachers in their assigned schools. These evidence based practices are congruent with the existing purposes of Project B.A.S.I.C.  The Child Care Consultation staff support and consult with both Project B.A.S.I.C. staff and – in the Early Connections Network area - selected early childhood staff and families.

In FY12, 2,200 children in early childhood and elementary school settings benefitted from Pyramid Model implementation and 50 coaches were trained.

For more information on Child Care Consultation, contact Melissa Binkley at 615-269-7751.

RENEWAL HOUSE: Renewal House, in Davidson County, provides services to addicted mothers and their children. Renewal House fosters healing, resiliency, and continuing recovery to enhance family health.
The Department provides funding for early intervention and prevention services to children at risk of serious emotional disturbances or substance abuse, who reside at Renewal House with their mothers.
 In FY12, 65 children in 35 families were served by this program.

For more information on Renewal House contact Amy Diller at 615-255-5222 or visit

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