Claims and Risk Management

Electronic Monitoring Indigency Fund

Financial reimbursement may be available to installers of GPS, alcohol, and drug monitoring devices for qualifying indigent participants required to have a monitoring device

How does the EMIF provide Reimbursement? 

Formerly known as the DUI Monitoring Fund and the Interlock Assistance Fund (IAF), the Electronic Monitoring Indigency Fund (EMIF) provides financial reimbursement to installers for indigent participants required by a judge to have a monitoring device.

The 111th Tennessee General Assembly created two accounts for the EMIF -  the Interlock Account, and an account that creates a local government cost sharing program for non-interlock devices. The Division of Claims and Risk Management administers the reimbursement process for invoices filed by vendors through the Fund.

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Online portal for EMIF vendors

EMIF portal access

 Local Government Cost Sharing Program


The 111th Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation restructuring the EMIF by specifying that only Ignition Interlock claims be 100% funded by the state. All other devices recognized by the EMIF will be funded out of a local government and state cost sharing program.  

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Specifically, the bill divides the EMIF into two accounts, as follows:

  1. The ignition interlock account will be used for the eligible costs associated with ignition interlock devices or with any other cost or fee associated with a functioning ignition interlock device for persons determined by the court to be indigent. This account will contain state-appropriated monies as well as a portion of the fees assessed in accordance with applicable law; and
  2. The other account will contain excess funds from the ignition interlock account as well as money from each local government that chooses to utilize this fund as authorized by this bill, and may contain state-appropriated monies. This account will be used for the eligible costs associated with the use, by persons determined by the court to be indigent, of a transdermal monitoring device, other alternative alcohol or drug monitoring device, or a global positioning monitoring device.

How can a local government participate in the Cost-Sharing Program?

The implementation of the local government matching grant program will require local governments that wish to utilize electronic monitoring devices other than ignition interlock devices to opt-in and cover 50% of claim expenses. This new process for payments will apply to any new claims submitted as a result of a court order issued on or after July 1, 2019. For a local government to opt-in for FY20 and/or FY21, a resolution must be passed by its governing body and provided to the Tennessee Department of Treasury by September 15, 2019.

If a county elects to participate in the cost sharing program for non-interlock devices, four items must be completed for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.

By September 15, 2019

  1. The county must pass a resolution electing to participate in the cost sharing program. A resolution template has been provided.
  2. Submit annual budget for FY20 showing the budgeted portion for the EMIF Cost Sharing Program.
  3. Submit estimated annual budget for FY21
  4. Submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to Tennessee Department of Treasury committing to pay all liabilities up to the budgeted maximum amount. A local government may choose to allow periodic drafts or make a payment via lump sum.

Documents for Local Governments

To participate in the local government cost-sharing program, your governing body will need to adopt a resolution and pass the memorandum of understanding.

EMIF Memorandum of Understanding EMIF Resolution for Local Governments

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How the program works

Reimbursable services

For participants who are eligible for assistance under the EMIF, the providers file invoices for reimbursement with the Division of Claims and Risk Management along with supporting information during the period the device is required. Reimbursable services include:

  • Installation
  • Lease
  • Maintenance
  • Removal

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 Reimbursement procedures for Providers

The EMIF provides reimbursement to individuals or entities engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling, leasing, servicing or monitoring alcohol or drug monitoring devices (“Provider”). All Providers submitting interlock claims for reimbursement must be listed on the Department of Safety’s approved Provider list.


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Which devices are eligible?

Providers shall charge reasonable and customary fees in accordance with applicable law. Ignition Interlock devices are covered if requested by court order. 

If a specific county has elected to participate in the local government cost-sharing plan, then non-interlock alcohol or drug monitoring devices that are eligible for reimbursement from the EMIF may include, but are not limited to:

  • Transdermal devices
  • Electronic monitoring devices with random alcohol or drug testing
  • GPS monitoring devices

Monthly Limit Per Participant

The Department shall pay no more than two hundred dollars ($200.00) per month from the EMIF for each Device ordered for each individual (“Participant”) who has been ordered by a Court pursuant to applicable law to use a Device.

Information for Providers

A provider must be an active supplier on the State’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system

Procedures for Reimbursement Extension Procedures

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The failure to submit a legible or complete copy of any of the required information may result in a denial or delay of payment to the Provider.

Submitting claims for reimbursement

Claims may be submitted by logging in to the EMIF portal

Once the Department receives the information to process a request for reimbursement from the EMIF, the Department will make every effort to approve or deny a request within ninety (90) days after all of the required information is received by the Department. The Department will notify the Provider in writing of any denial for reimbursement. 

If a claim for reimbursement is denied by the Department, the Provider may request that the claim be reconsidered by submitting additional information or documentation not previously submitted with the original invoice in support of the claim with a new itemized invoice.

EMIF Portal Access

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Questions regarding reimbursement or the EMIF?

Please contact us using one of the options below.

Contact Us

Have questions regarding reimbursement or the Electronic Monitoring Indigency Fund?  We're here to help!

 (615) 741.2734 

(615) 401.6803 (fax)

EMIF@tn.gov

Mailing Address

Division of Claims and Risk Management

502 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN  37243-0202