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Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute

Photo of Memphis Mental Health Institute100 Moccasin Bend Road • Chattanooga, TN 37405
Phone: 423-265-2271 • Fax: 423-785-3347
To request medical records Fax: 423-785-3399

An Accredited Psychiatric Facility Serving the
23 Counties of Tennessee's Region II

"Accredited by The Joint Commission"

William Ventress
Chief Officer

Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute was established by the Tennessee State Legislature as one of five regional inpatient psychiatric facilities operated by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health. Opened in 1961, the facility now serves a 23 county area in Upper Cumberland and southeast regions of Tennessee, with an estimated population of over 750,000 people. Moccasin Bend's service area (Region III) includes the following counties:

Van Buren

MBMHI was built on land donated by Hamilton County and the City of Chattanooga. The grounds, nestled at the foot of scenic Lookout Mountain and next to the Tennessee River, provide a private, rural setting close to a metropolitan area.

The land on which the complex is located is of historical importance, having once been part of the Cherokee Nation, and the site of a Civil War battle. The remains of an ancient Native American village were recently discovered and portions of the Moccasin Bend area are now part of the Chattanooga/Chickamauga National Park.

MBMHI currently offers 100 adult acute care and 50 adult sub-acute care beds.
All emergency involuntary admissions are prescreened by a mandatory pre-screening agent from one of the four regional private, non-profit community mental health centers (or by a physician or psychologist, if a mandatory pre-screening agent is not available within 2 hours), and are referred to the institute if inpatient treatment is necessary. The community mental health centers have crisis response teams, which work closely with the institute's admissions office to assure appropriateness of referrals, an efficient and compassionate admissions process, and compliance with managed care requirements for admission certification.

Unit assignment on admission and throughout the course of hospitalization is determined by the severity of the illness. Interdisciplinary treatment teams provide a variety of treatment modalities, and work with community agencies to assure timely discharge and successful adjustment in the community.

A critical part of MBMHI's services is an active quality improvement program. Federal Medicare and Medicaid/TennCare certification have been consistently maintained, and the institute has been accredited by the Joint Commission since 1974.

Public Notice: Any concerns regarding patient care and safety at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute should first be directed to the Chief Executive Officer at (423)-785-3401. If concerns cannot be resolved through the MBMHI management, please contact TDMH by either calling 1-800-560-5767 or by e-mailing If concerns are not adequately resolved by either the MBMHI management or TDMH, the public may contact the Joint Commission to report any concerns or register complaints by calling 1-800-994-6610, emailing or accessing the Joint Commission's web site at

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