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March 2015


2015 UNITE: Building Strong Families Conference

Wednesday, April 22nd and 23rd

Dear Reader,

Hello! We hope this finds you well.

We have rescheduled the UNITE: Building Strong Families Conference for April 22nd and 23rd.

Please take a moment to re-register at the link below to confirm your attendance for the April conference. If you are unable to attend please give your regrets at the same location.

Re-Register Here

Give Regrets

If enough slots open registration will be re-opened to the general public.

Thank you for your flexibility and support. We are excited to proceed with another great conference.


Christina Merino
Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition

Ongoing Programs


Lost & Found, Recovery in Christ

Have you struggled in 12-step programs that haven't worked? Here, you can share your stories and fellowship with others who have found a new hope in Jesus Christ. Listen and learn how people are being rescued from addiction. These meetings take place on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lifepoint Church, 506 Legacy Drive, in Smyrna. For more information, call (615) 315-1048 or go online to

Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI) Provides Suicide Prevention Smartphone App for Android and iPhone for Lifeline Instant Access

The Tennessee Suicide prevention Network (TSPN) announced in January, 2013 the latest innovation of the Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI)-- a suicide prevention smartphone application for the iPhone and Android that provides instant access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK).

"A Friend Asks" application made its debut at the American Football Coaches Association in January. The app provides users with basic information about suicide prevention resources, advice on helping troubled friends and loved ones, and a "Get Help Now" button that connects users to the Lifeline. JFI is anticipating roll-out and marketing in 10 states, including Tennessee, before being introduced nationally.

The app is available for download by scanning the QR codes below:

Android QR

Apple QR

The apps are also available in the app stores for the iPhone and Android platforms.

In the meantime, we encourage you to download this potentially life-saving phone application so you will have access to the Lifeline and helpful information about suicide prevention, literally at your fingertips.

Free Assistance to Families in the Kingsport and Johnson City Area
Children 2-years-old through kindergarten with Behavioral Problems

The Regional Intervention Program (RIP) helps parents learn they’re not the problem; they’re the solution when a child’s behavior seems out of control. Many of these parents dealing with extreme behavior have left a store while shopping, removed their child from preschool, left a public event and even family gatherings. RIP knits parenting skills with methods to manage your child’s behavior so the family can heal. The nationally recognized program is parent-supported and offered at no charge for families with children 2 years old through kindergarten with behavior problems.
Families are strengthened not only by their caregivers’ involvement in RIP, they’re impacted by other parents who participate and the group training. The child attends the RIP program in a classroom setting so they can interact with other children, foster social skills and actually experience situations that occur in the classroom.
RIP offers families a place to strengthen their parenting skills and give their children the opportunity to learn and grow toward success.
For more information about the RIP program near you, call 224-1000 in Kingsport, or 232-4211 in Johnson City; and visit Frontier Health is the region’s leading provider of behavioral health, mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, recovery and vocational rehabilitation services, and has been providing services since 1957.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Chattanooga Pendulums
Support group meets each Thursday, 7:30 pm, at
AIM Center
472 W M L King Boulevard
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Main Number: 423-624-4800
Contact person: Marilou Coats Family and/or friends are also welcome to attend.

Year-Round Depression screening
Mental Health Association of East Tennessee
9050 Executive Park Drive, Suite 104-A
Knoxville, Tennessee 37923
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
(865) 584-9125

Mental Health Training for Foreign and Sign Language Interpreters
Various dates. Call for more information and registration.
No charge for training.
Contact: Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee
2416 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

IChope Campaign
Public Information Programs
are available for all ages and are appropriate
for school and community settings.
Contact: Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee
2416 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Council on Children's Mental Health
Upcoming Meetings

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Southeastern Tennessee
Two new support groups to chose from on
Mondays at 7:30 p.m. or Thursdays at Noon
East Ridge United Methodist Church
1601 Prater Road
East Ridge, Tennessee 37412
The Mission:"Improve the lives of those living with mood disorders" because Wellness and Recovery are possible! Confidential, easy-going, no pressure, share-and-care style meetings; tons of resources available FREE. Friends and Family are always welcome. "We've Been There. We Can Help; You're Not Alone" Call or email for more information Dennis Dodson, DBSA Southeastern Tennessee, (423) 653-2177.

SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention Resource Center Adds
At-Risk for High School Educators to Best Practice Registry for suicide prevention programs.

Released March 4, 2011, At-Risk for High School Educators added to SAMHSA's Best Practice Registry for suicide prevention programs. At-Risk is an online interactive training simulation designed to prepare teachers to identify, approach, and refer students exhibiting signs psychological distress including depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide. Texas and New York have already adopted this program to train over 70,000 educators in their states. You can read more about this announcement at You can also view a demo of this type of simulation at Contact Jennifer Spiegler at if you have any questions or would like more information on this new training simulation.

Year-round for 2014

TAMHO Training Opportunities

Online Training for Behavioral Health Professionals

TAMHO's partnership with Essential Learning: The Essential Learning curriculum catalog provides access to 1,000's of training courses to meet your behavioral health (mental health and addictions) training needs. The TAMHO Training Matrix highlights numerous suggested courses from the Essential Learning catalog that have been pre-approved by the Bureau of TennCare and the Managed Care Companies to meet the training requirements reflected in the "TDMH/TennCare Specialized Training Requirements for Behavioral Health Professionals" manual. A link to the TAMHO Training Matrix is provided in the "PDF Downloads" box to the right of this screen.

Visit to learn more about Essential Learning, arrange a free demonstration, or to view their curriculum catalog. Be sure to reference your connection with TAMHO to gain access to any special offers or considerations that may apply.

TDMH, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services and TAADAS Partner with TAMHO and Essential Learning for Online Training Initiative for Addiction Treatment and Prevention Service Contractors

Partnership Strengthens Access to Training for Addictions Services

TAMHO and Essential Learning are excited to announce a unique partnership between the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (DADAS) and the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug and Other Addictions Services (TAADAS) to expand and strengthen access to behavioral health training.

Through the Tennessee Online Training Enterprise, agencies will have access to online courses and training management tools to assist in preparing their staff for mandated training, certification, on-going continuing education requirements, and, implementing and sustaining evidence-based practices.

Powered by Essential Learning's state-of-the-art Learning Management System -- ELEVATE -- staff will be able to take online courses that have been designed to meet regulatory and compliance training for national accreditation organizations such as CARF, Joint Commission, and many others, including state specific requirements.

To take advantage of this partnership, contact: Anita Menon, Training Coordinator, TAADAS, at 615-780-5901 ext. 12.

Interpreter/Provider Training – Year-round
Two-Day Sessions
Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee

To schedule a training, call MHAMT at (615) 269-5355.
Visit for more information on the two-day training for interpreters and those working with interpreters who are working in mental health settings with immigrant and refugee populations in Middle Tennessee.

Every Third Wednesday of the Month
NAMI, Coffee & Franklin County Areas
Mental Illness Support Group Monthly Meeting

Family Activity Center
Davidson Hall
First United Methodist Church
212 W. Lauderdale St.
Tullahoma, TN 37388

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Except December or announced school snow days)

The group is a NAMI affiliate and offers mental illness support and practical education for those who care for or care about a person who has a mental illness such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or all others. Names and situations stay within the group for confidentiality. Bring lunch or snacks or none; drinks and snacks provided. For more information, call (931) 247-3628 or email Click Here for a location map.