Who We Are
The Southeast Center of Excellence (SECOE) is part of a statewide network, funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, of five regional Centers of Excellence dedicated to enhancing the quality of services provided to children in, or at-risk of entering, the Tennessee child welfare or juvenile justice systems. Children and families involved with these systems are more likely to have developmental and/or psychiatric disabilities and to have had adverse childhood experiences such as abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction. The SECOE is dedicated to improving behavioral health services by providing evaluation and consultation for children with complex behavioral, psychological, and psychiatric problems. Referral questions may include mental health, developmental, medication, or placement concerns and our services extend to 8 Rural East Tennessee counties and Hamilton County. The counties we serve are: Hamilton, Bradley, Polk, McMinn, Meigs, Rhea, Marion, Bledsoe, and Sequatchie.