Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) expands Behavioral Health Safety Net (BHSN) offers an array of essential mental health services for uninsured and underinsured children age 3 - 17.

HOW to Apply for the BHSN for Children

The Behavioral Health Safety Net (BHSN) for Children & Youth provides essential outpatient mental health services to Tennesseans ages three to 17 who don't have insurance coverage or lack full behavioral health coverage.  There are no limits on family income for eligibility.

These services are community-based, so inpatient care is not covered. The program also helps to connect/refer to other behavioral health payor sources.

To apply for safety net assistance, please visit us through our Open Access Hours at most clinic locations (See Same Day Access Availability for more information). Contact Kaleigh Peavler if you have questions about applying for the safety net program.

Are you eligible to use the BHSN for Children program?

To be eligible to enroll in BHSN through Ridgeview, you:

 Age 3-17 years old

  • A qualifying mental health diagnosis
  • Tennessee resident
  • A U.S. citizen or qualified alien
  • Not be in a long-term in-patient or residential facility
  • Not be in State legal custody

Need help navigating eligibility? Check out our BHSN for Children Eligibility Guide available at this link.

Talk to the BHSN for Children & Youth Outreach Coordinator

Please contact Kaleigh Peavler if you have questions about a possible referral. She may be reached at or call her at 865-481-6170, ext. 1204 or her cell 865-399-9831.

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This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.