Melissa Sparks, RN, MSN

TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Division of Hospital Services

Appointed to her current position in October 2016, Melissa Sparks serves as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Hospital Services for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and is responsible for the leadership, management and administration of Tennessee’s psychiatric inpatient services for uninsured individuals. Melissa graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Tennessee Tech University in 1991 and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011. During her 25 year tenure with the state of TN, Melissa has worked in a variety of roles including unit nurse coordinator, forensic specialist, psychiatric inpatient standards coordinator and most recently as Director of Crisis Services and Suicide Prevention.