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2015 TDMHSAS Legislative Summary

To view 2015 Tennessee legislation that relates to TDMHSAS, mental health services, and/or substance abuse services, please click here.

The Winter/Spring 2015 Newsletter has arrived!

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Recognizing Outstanding Employees in Crisis Services

You're the Best!

Announcing the Crisis Services Outstanding Employee Recognition Program

The goal of this program is to recognize team members who go above and beyond in the field of Crisis Services.

Nominees should be crisis workers who demonstrate:

  • care and compassion in their work
  • consistent passion about the work
  • the ability to help the team operate more smoothly

Congratulations to our first Crisis Services Outstanding Employee!

Rick Duncan | Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital & Center, Inc. | Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Rick is featured in the Winter/Spring edition of the Department newsletter and will receive a certificate signed by the Commissioner.

If you would like to nominate an outstanding colleague for this honor and you work in Crisis Services in the state of Tennessee, download the nomination form here. Deadline to submit a nomination for the next recognition is Monday, April 6.

Prescription for Success

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State Unveils Plan to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is a pervasive, multi-dimensional issue impacting Tennessee individuals, families, and communities. "Prescription for Success: Statewide Strategies to Prevent and Treat the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic in Tennessee" is a strategic plan developed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in collaboration with sister agencies impacted by the prescription drug epidemic.

The abuse of prescription drugs, specifically opioids, is an epidemic in Tennessee, with disastrous and severe consequences to Tennesseans of every age including: overdose deaths, emergency department visits, hospital costs, newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, children in state custody, and people incarcerated for drug-related crimes. "Prescription for Success" is comprehensive and multi-year in scope and nature. However, this plan does not obligate the Administration or the General Assembly to any additional funding requests to fulfill this plan's purpose. Funding requests related to the initiatives in this document will be determined through the normal General Assembly budgeting process. For more information, please click here.

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2015-2016 PATH Grant Renewal Application

The FY 2015-2016 grant renewal application for PATH, Projects for Assistance in the Transition from Homelessness, is available for public review and comment through May 20, 2015. Click here to download the document. Please send any comments to Bob Currie, TDMHSAS Director of Housing and Homeless Services, at

New Regional Youth Crisis Telephone Lines
Effective July 1, 2014, there are new toll-free telephone numbers regarding Mobile Crisis Services for Children & Youth in the following counties:

  • For the Tri-Cities region (Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties), please call Frontier Health at (877) 928-9062. For more information, please click here.
  • For the Greater Knoxville region (Blount, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, and Sevier counties), please call Helen Ross McNabb Center at (865) 539-2409. For more information, please click here.
  • For Davidson County, please call Mental Health Cooperative at (615) 726-0125. For more information, please click here.
  • For all other counties, please call Youth Villages. To find the toll-free phone number for your county, please click here.

For more information, please click here.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Boxes Around Tennessee
As of January 5, 2014, there are currently 86 permanent locations in 48 counties around Tennessee where you can safely drop off your unused prescription drugs. Please click here to see the current list.

Consumer Advisory Board Meetings Information

The Consumer Advisory Board meets via conference call on the first Friday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. Central. The conference call is open to the public. The call-in numbers are 741-1513 (Nashville area) or 1-866-525-0738 (toll-free). The mission of the Consumer Advisory Board is to voice an informed perspective on policy and planning issues that impacts the recovery, resiliency, and rights of people with mental illness.

Peer Support Work Group

The Peer Support Work Group was established in 2011 to review various models and programs of providing peer support services in order to determine the best model(s) for Tennessee. Click Here to read their report, which was issued in March 2012.

My Health, My Choice, My Life

My Health, My Choice, My Life is a health promotion and wellness initiative for Tennesseans who live with mental health and substance use conditions. My Health, My Choice, My Life provides individuals with self-directed tools, empowering them with the knowledge, skills and resources to improve their overall well-being and resiliency and live healthy and purposeful lives. Click Here for more information.

Commissioner Doug Varney: Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Commissioner Varney talks about his vision for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, his experience and transforming state government to become more efficient and effective.

Mandatory Prescreening Agent Info.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Mandatory Prescreening Agents are required to take the MPA Refresher Course every two years.

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