TN drug courts moved to Mental Health department`

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam has issued an executive order to make the management of state drug courts the responsibility of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Haslam said in a statement Wednesday that the move will increase efficiency and that the change fits with the department's role as the main authority for substance abuse in the state.

Commissioner Doug Varney said the change recognizes that the state faces what he called "a major prescription drug problem," and that Tennessee must focus its resources to have the biggest effect on drug abuse.

The change will take place on July 1. Drug courts were previously managed by the Department of Finance and Administration.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 158890145 - local8now.com/a?a=158890145
Gray Television, Inc.