• Mental Health Month 2022: Overcoming Isolation and Finding Connection

    Wednesday, May 18, 2022 | 03:53pm

    “We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.” As I recently read those words about one of the best singer-songwriters in my lifetime, I was struck by how many people are struggling with untreated mental illness across our great state and how many families have experienced a similar tragic loss of life. A loss that in many cases might have been prevented if they knew about the mental health supports that are available. Supports that I would like to focus on for this Month of Mental Health Awareness.

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  • TDMHSAS Marks Fentanyl Awareness Day May 10

    Tuesday, May 10, 2022 | 07:56am

    The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is pausing to observe National Fentanyl Awareness Day (May 10). The day is a remembrance of those lost to fentanyl poisoning and to raise awareness of resources and information to save lives.

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  • Tennesseans Prepare for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

    Monday, April 25, 2022 | 10:26am

    Spring cleaning season is here, and people across Tennessee are preparing to clean out their medicine cabinets and safely and securely dispose of medications that are expired or no longer needed during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Take Back Day is this Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time.

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  • Commissioner Marie Williams Named Chair of the Council of State Governments Justice Center Advisory Board

    Wednesday, January 12, 2022 | 09:58am

    TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams has been named as Advisory Board Chair to the Council of State Governments Justice Center. In this role, Williams will leverage her extensive leadership, policy, and oversight experience to help guide the CSG Justice Center’s efforts to develop research-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities.

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  • TDMHSAS TennCare Publish Public Behavioral Health Workforce Report

    Thursday, December 09, 2021 | 09:39am

    TDMHSAS and TennCare today published the Public Behavioral Health Workforce Workgroup report. The document contains research, data, and strategies for addressing workforce challenges in publicly-funded mental health and substance use services, some of which have already translated into state budget requests proposed to Governor Bill Lee.

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  • TDMHSAS Chief Pharmacist Appointed to National Addiction Treatment Panel

    Friday, December 03, 2021 | 10:22am

    Tennessee’s State Opioid Treatment Authority and Chief Pharmacist for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is going to lend his talents to a national panel on addiction treatment for the next four years. Wes Geminn, PharmD. has accepted an appointment to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council.

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  • It's Take Back Time in Tennessee

    Monday, October 18, 2021 | 09:00am

    Tennessee state leaders are encouraging Tennesseans to participate in the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, October 23 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take Back Day provides an opportunity for people to account for the prescription medications in their homes and safely and securely dispose of the medications they no longer need.

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  • Tennesseans Pause to Remember International Overdose Awareness Day

    Monday, August 30, 2021 | 10:11am

    Tennesseans are pausing to remember International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31) after a year when sadly more people than ever died from a drug overdose. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Department of Health, and community groups across the state are holding memorials, trainings, and awareness events to remember the lives lost, celebrate the survivors of overdose, and empower Tennesseans to prevent deadly overdoses in their communities.

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