Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility

The Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility (DSNF) is located in Nashville, Tennessee. This facility provides a number of services for the Department of Corrections to offenders with multiple and complex medical problems. 

These services include 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.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

Visiting hours at Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility vary based on building unit. Please refer to the handbook for detailed visiting information. The visiting hours are listed starting on page 26.

Visiting Applications

Click here for the Visitation Handbook. This 38-page document will tell you everything you need to know about visiting your inmate at Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility, including dress codes and search procedures. If you have any questions, please call the contact line below.

Contact #:  (615) 350-3788

Most TDOC offenders are allowed to visit with friends and family if they fill out the appropriate paperwork and follow the departmental policies and procedures.

When visiting Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility, vehicles must be secured in the parking lot.  All doors must be locked and all windows rolled completely up. Animals may not be left in a vehicle with a window cracked.  Failure to fully secure your vehicle may result in your visit being denied.

Physical Address

Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility
7575 Cockrill Bend Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1057

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/9QNY6MvjsjhFsKYy9

General Phone Number

(615) 350-2700

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name/DOC Number
Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility
7575 Cockrill Bend Boulevard
Nashville, Tennessee 37209-1056

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility, but they have access to phones during certain hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Tennessee, please click here.

How to Send Money

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To send money online with a credit or debit card, click here. It's the quickest and easiest way to send money.


You can send money by phone using your credit or debit card. Call (800) 574-5729 to speak with a live agent 24/7.

Walk-In Cash

To send money using cash, visit any MoneyGram agent location and use receive code 6188. Click here to get a list of nearby MoneyGram locations.

Money Orders

All money orders must be sent with a deposit slip to:

P.O. Box 279010
Miramar, FL 33027

Money order deposits slips are available in English and Spanish.

Programs For Inmates

There is no inmate programming at Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility. All inmates at this facility have multiple, complex medical problems. They receive the care they need based on their diagnosis.

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Careers at Lois M. DeBerry Special Needs Facility

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