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Statewide Family Support Network

The Statewide Family Support Network is a program that supports caregivers of children with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED).

The Family Support Network provides statewide family outreach, support, and advocacy services.

The network offers support groups in East, West, and Middle Tennessee as well as Family Outreach Specialists in each area.

Family Outreach Specialists provide information about mental health issues and services for children as well as referral information. Specialists help caregivers navigate the educational and health care system. Specialists teach caregivers to become advocates for their children by participating in committees and councils which determine policy.

Learn more about the Statewide Family Support Network.

For More Information

If you have concerns or need services for yourself, a child, or family member, contact our Helpline:
Phone: 800-560-5767
Email: OCA.TDMHSAS@tn.gov
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except for state holidays)

If you feel at any time that you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line toll-free 24 hours, 7 days a week at 1-855-274-7471.

To learn more about Family Support and Advocacy, please contact:

Brenda Donaldson, MA 
Family & Youth Engagement Coordinator
(615) 770-1788
Brenda.Donaldson@tn.gov