Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility

Warden Stevenson Nixon                   Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility

Warden Stevenson Nixon


7575 Cockrill Bend Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1057
(Davidson County)
(615) 350-2700

*Use the zip code 37209-1056 for offender correspondence.

The Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility (DSNF) provides a number of services for the Department to offenders with multiple and complex medial problems, including acute and convalescent health care, intensive mental health intervention, three skilled nursing units in the Health Center to provide care for offenders recovering from surgery or serious illness, housing for offenders whose treatment regimen is not manageable at other TDOC facilities, inmates with long-term medical needs, and a community hospital to provide inpatient and outpatient care for the offender population in a designated secure area.

Other hospitals are also utilized for specialized care not available in the contract hospital. Specialty clinics, short-stay surgeries, individual treatment and diagnostic services, not available in other facilities, are provided to the offenders from all facilities through the utilization of DeBerry Special Needs Facility's Transportation Team, Transient Unit, Health Center, and contract staff at DSNF.

Mental health units are provided for offenders with acute mental health needs. The Mental Health Program is designed to stabilize the offender and move him through a process where the offender takes more responsibility for his behavior and mental health. In addition, there are units for the mentally challenged and a sheltered workshop program available to offenders in this unit.

An Assisted Living Unit is located at this facility for TDOC offenders who are aged or infirm and unable to care for themselves within a traditional prison population.

DSNF has a turnover of 250 beds per month and the majority of these offenders have significant needs. It is the mission of the DeBerry Special Needs Facility to provide acute, sub-acute, long-term acute, chronic and palliative health care that is high quality, safe, integrative, efficient, cost-effective and ethical, in a safe and secure environment.