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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.

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  
Hospital Name County  
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  
Methodist North Shelby  
Methodist South Shelby  
Methodist University Shelby  
Regional One Shelby  
St. Francis Shelby  
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: 

Noelle Suarez-Murias
Director of Special Projects
Noelle.Suarez-Murias@tn.gov
615-253-3975

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.

Patient Demographic Data

The following graphs broadly show the demographics of patients who have interacted with Navigators in the first year of the program (June 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019).