The Tennessee Co-Occurring Disorders Collaborative Strategic Initiative

Welcome to the website for the Strategic Initiative. The path to the Strategic Initiative started in the fall of 2011 with the creation of the Tennessee Co-Occurring Disorders Collaborative (TNCODC) to focus on the impact of co-occurring disorders within the state. This vision has now expanded to include the Collaborative’s Strategic Initiative.


STRATEGIC INITIATIVE | Enhancing Tennessee’s Co-Occurring Disorders System of Care

The mission for the Strategic Initiative is to enhance Tennessee’s Co-Occurring Disorders System of Care by effecting organizational change by continuously improving program capability, ensuring sustained workforce development, and complementing the state’s current investment in treatment and recovery for individuals with co-occurring disorders. To effect organizational change, the Strategic Initiative utilizes a top-down and bottom-up approach to provide the needed momentum for the change process.

OVERVIEW OF THE APPROACH | CCISC: Principles of Successful Intervention

The basis for the Strategic Initiative is Zia Partners’ internationally recognized approach to system-wide assessment, planning, and implementation called the Comprehensive Continuous Integrated System of Care (CCISC). This model includes a 12-step approach for each program in each provider agency to make progress to improve its "co-occurring capability".

CLICK HERE for the CCISC Principles and Description

A 3 part series of 20-minute videos is available that provides a brief overview of the values, principles, and intervention strategies of the CCISC.

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To access the videos please fill out the form from this button.

Click HERE for handouts of the video's presentation.

IMPLEMENTING THE STRATEGIC INITIATIVE | Steps to Successful Implementation

Implementing the Strategic Initiative within an agency requires both a top-down approach – senior leadership gaining buy-in and setting the vision, and a bottom-up approach – everyone involved and committed to improving the delivery of co-occurring services. A 12-step model is utilized to help guide the agency through the process.

CLICK HERE for the 12-step modelWebinar

A recorded webinar is available explaining the framework for and the specifics of the 12-steps.

To access the webinar video, please fill out the form from this button.

CLICK HERE for handouts of the webinar’s presentation




How-To-Use-CompassStep 5 of the 12-steps is program self-assessment which involves completing the COMPASS-EZ tool. A recorded webinar is available explaining the use of the COMPASS-EZ.

CLICK HERE for the description of the COMPASS-EZ.

To access the webinar video, please fill out the form from this button.

CLICK HERE for handouts of the webinar’s presentation





Compass-EZ Doc

The COMPASS-EZ tool is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) for use by contracted treatment providers. To obtain a copy of the COMPASS-EZ, please the form button below to request your copy.






COD LEARNING COMMUNITY | Supporting Universal Co-Occurring Capability for Programs and Staff

A statewide learning community exists to support the implementation which includes formal training opportunities, coaching and consultation, sharing of best practices, and additional informational resources.  Three Regional COD Learning Communities have been created at the Grand Division level – West-Middle-East.

Upcoming COD Learning Community Events:

West - Memphis, January, 25, 2018, Thursday, 9:00-12:00
Middle - Nashville, November 9, 2017, Thursday, 11:30-3:00
East - Knoxville/Louisville, December 5, 2017, 10:00-12:00


Contact Patrick Slay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (615) 244-2220, ext. 11.