Tennessee Recovery Navigators
Tennessee Recovery Navigators are people in long-term recovery who meet patients who have recently overdosed in the Emergency Department and connect them with the substance abuse treatment and recovery services they need. Navigators maintain a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Certification in order to use their lived experience to help others find recovery. In total, the TN Recovery Navigators have worked with 13,500+ patients since the program began (through 6-30-23).
The Tennessee Recovery Navigators pictured with TDMHSAS support staff at a conference in September 2023.
The Navigators are employed by local treatment providers in the areas across the state with the greatest prevalence of overdoses.
|Total Hospitals Served: 58
|Total Counties Served: 31
|Blount Memorial Hospital
|Tennova Hospital Cleveland
|Sycamore Shoals Hospital
|HCA, TriStar Skyline
|HCA, Southern HIlls
|HCA, TriStar Centennial
|Ascension, St. Thomas Midtown
|Ascension, St. Thomas West
|Vanderbilt University Medical Center
|Nashville General Hospital
|West Tennessee Healthcare Dyersburg Hospital
|Southern Tennessee Regional Health System – Sewanee
|Milan General Hospital
|Greeneville Community Hospital East
|Morristown / Hamblen County Medical Center
|Catholic Health Initiative – Memorial
|CHI Memorial – Hixson
|Parkridge Camp Jordan
|Parkridge Medical Center
|Hancock County Hospital
|Hawkins County Memorial Hospital
|Tennova Healthcare - Jefferson Memorial Hospital
|Johnson County Memorial Hospital
|UT Medical Center
|Jackson – Madison County General Hospital
|Starr Regional Medical Center - Athens
|Starr Regional Medical Center - Etowah
|Cookeville Regional Medical Center
|Rhea Medical Center
|Ascension, St. Thomas Rutherford
|Erlanger Sequatchie Valley
|LeConte Medical Center
|Holston Valley Medical Center
|Indian Path Medical Center
|Bristol Regional Medical Center
|Creekside Behavioral Health
|Sumner Regional Medical Center
|Unicoi County Memorial Hospital
|St. Thomas River Park Hospital
|Franklin Woods Community Hospital
|Johnson City Medical Center
|Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital
|West Tennessee Healthcare Volunteer Hospital
To learn more, download our onepager at the right. If your hospital is interested in these services, please contact:
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Frequently Asked Questions
The goal of this program is to break the cycle of overdose and increase the number of individuals who are connected with treatment and recovery services by meeting patients in the emergency department after an overdose.
There are 24 people who serve in this capacity in specific areas of the state.
Navigators are available for patients regardless of their substance of use. Navigators may also serve patients who present to the emergency department in active withdrawal or with a primary substance abuse disorder based on the practitioner’s discretion.
However, Navigators will prioritize overdose patients where necessary.
The primary patient profile for a patient who should be referred to a Navigator is one who:
(A) Presents from an overdose, primary substance use disorder, or in active withdrawal.
NOTE – the individual may or may not have received Narcan before or during transport to the Hospital
(B) Has no additional health complications that would require hospital admission
(C) Does NOT meet the involuntary psychiatric commitment / crisis criteria, i.e. does NOT reflect suicidality or Conditional Suicidality
Health care providers in the hospital who oversee the patient must gain consent from the patient to talk to a Navigator. Once that consent is signed, a Release of Information is completed to be able to release that patient to discuss treatment and recovery referrals with the Navigator.
Medication Assisted Treatment Emergency Department Induction Project
FY22-23 Annual Report
This document details a project between TDMHSAS and the Tennessee Hospital Association to start patients in emergency departments on medications for addiction treatment and highlights successes and challenges in this life-saving work. For more information about this project, please contact Jessica Youngblom.
For More Information
If you have concerns or need services for yourself, a child, or family member, contact our Helpline:
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except for state holidays)
If you or a loved one needs a free, confidential referral to addiction treatment and other resources, you can call or text the Tennessee REDLINE 24 hours, 7 days a week at 1-800-889-9789
To learn more about the TN Recovery Navigators, please contact:
Director of Special Projects