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 2,275 patients from 77 Tennessee counties since the program began (through 12-31-19).
The Navigators are employed by local treatment providers in the areas across the state with the greatest prevalence of overdoses.
|Total Hospitals Served: 29||Total Counties Served: 16|
|Blount Memorial Hospital||Blount|
|Sycamore Shoals Hospital||Carter|
|HCA, TriStar Skyline||Davidson|
|HCA, TriStar Centennial||Davidson|
|Ascension, St. Thomas Midtown||Davidson|
|Ascension, St. Thomas West||Davidson|
|Greeneville Community Hospital East||Greene|
|Takoma Regional Hospital||Greene|
|Morristown / Hamblen County Medical Center||Hamblen|
|Catholic Health Initiative – Memorial||Hamilton|
|Hancock County Hospital||Hancock|
|Hawkins County Memorial Hospital||Hawkins|
|UT Medical Center||Knox|
|Jackson – Madison County General Hospital||Madison|
|Cookeville Regional Medical Center||Putnam|
|Ascension, St. Thomas Rutherford||Rutherford|
|Holston Valley Medical Center||Sullivan|
|Indian Path Medical Center||Sullivan|
|Bristol Regional Medical Center||Sullivan|
|Unicoi County Memorial Hospital||Unicoi|
|Creekside Behavioral Health||Washington|
|Franklin Woods Community Hospital||Washington|
|Johnson City Medical Center||Washington|
|Woodridge Psychiatric Hospital||Washington|
To learn more, or if your hospital is interested in these services, contact:
Director of Special Projects
News Coverage on the TN Recovery Navigators:
Cleveland Daily Banner:
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 19 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.