Tennessee - Alcohol and Drug-use Intervention Programs: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to implement school-based alcohol and drug referral, intervention or treatment programs for students with substance use disorders.

2017 Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-415. Recovery high schools.

(a) As used in this section:

  • (1) "Home district" means the LEA in which a student is enrolled full-time prior to enrollment in a recovery high school; and
  • (2) "Recovery high school" means a public school:
    • (A) For students who have a primary or secondary alcohol or other drug abuse or dependency diagnosis or co-occurring substance use and psychiatric diagnosis, as defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) or the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM);
    • (B) That provides a high school education that leads to a diploma in compliance with the rules of the state board of education; and
    • (C) With a structured plan of recovery for the students.

(b) Local boards of education may establish recovery high schools to serve eligible students in grades nine through twelve (9-12). In providing recovery high schools, any two (2) or more boards may join together and establish a recovery high school.


Rules of the Tennessee Department of Education 0520-01-03-.08 PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES.

(d) Each local school system shall have a written policy for handling drug/alcohol problems that may arise in the schools.
Tennessee Secretary of State

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