Behavioral Health Safety Net

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What Is Our Behavioral Health Safety Program?

Psychiatry and therapy services can be an essential part of living a healthy and productive life. However, committing to these services can be a financial burden to individuals and families. Over the last year, with the impact of COVID-19, we have seen an increase of people losing access to services due to loss of jobs and insurance. Many may not be aware that they can still receive access to these crucial services through a program funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), called Behavioral Health Safety Net (BHSN) of TN. BHSN provides the various mental health services to Tennesseans who lack insurance coverage. At TN Voices we strive to provide these services to individuals and families regardless of their ability to pay.

If you are 3 years of age or older, have a qualifying mental health diagnosis, and have no behavioral health insurance, you may qualify for Behavioral Health Safety Net (BHSN) of TN. TN Voices can provide the following services under BHSN:

  • Psychiatry services
  • Therapy
  • Case management

Adults qualifying for BHSN Services must:

  • Have a qualifying mental health diagnosis
  • Have a household income at or below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Be a Tennessee resident, 18 or older
  • Be ineligible for VA benefits, TennCare, or have not completed a TennCare application
  • Lack private health insurance which covers the BHSN behavioral health benefits, or all behavioral health benefits have been exhausted for the year
  • Individuals who have Medicare Part B and meet all other eligibility requirements for the BHSN program may be enrolled, and will qualify for several BHSN services.

Children qualifying for BHSN services must:

  • Be a Tennessee resident,age 3 – 17 years old
  • Have a qualifying mental health diagnosis
  • Lack behavioral health insurance coverage for BHSN services
  • Not be in State legal custody

Please do not delay in seeking services for yourself or a loved one due to lack of insurance or ability to pay. Lack of insurance or ability to pay is not a barrier to receiving these essential services from TN Voices.