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From Crisis To Hope Conference: Best Practices of Crisis Response in Tennessee


On June 28, 2016, the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services’, Office of Crisis Services and Suicide Prevention, in conjunction with Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations, hosted the first ever statewide Tennessee crisis conference.  The conference, “From Crisis to Hope- Best Practices of Crisis Response in Tennessee,” provided opportunities for state contracted crisis service providers to share best practices, to network with fellow peers, and to instill refreshed optimism and passion for the important work that they do.

The conference began with a welcome from Commissioner E. Douglas Varney, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, followed by guest speakers, Kevin Hines, author of Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt, and former professional athlete Joe Williams. The afternoon consisted of several break-out sessions, including Developing a Coordinated Community Response System, Best Practices for Crisis Safety Planning, and Assessing Risk in Crisis Situations .

Each session of the conference was videotaped for future learning.

Watch the videos.