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).

Read the TN Recovery Navigators Year End Report (FY23)


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: 57 Total Counties Served: 31
Hospital Name County
Erlanger Bledsoe Bledsoe
Blount Memorial Hospital Blount
Tennova Hospital Cleveland Bradley
Sycamore Shoals Hospital Carter
HCA, TriStar Skyline Davidson
HCA, Southern HIlls Davidson
HCA, Summit Davidson
HCA, TriStar Centennial Davidson
Ascension, St. Thomas Midtown Davidson
Ascension, St. Thomas West Davidson
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Davidson
Nashville General Hospital Davidson
West Tennessee Healthcare Dyersburg Hospital Dyer
Southern Tennessee Regional Health System – Sewanee  Franklin
Milan General Hospital Gibson
Greeneville Community Hospital East Greene
Morristown / Hamblen County Medical Center Hamblen
Catholic Health Initiative – Memorial Hamilton
CHI Memorial – Hixson Hamilton
Erlanger Baroness Hamilton
Erlanger East Hamilton
Erlanger North Hamilton
Parkridge Camp Jordan Hamilton
Parkridge Medical Center  Hamilton
Parkridge North Hamilton
Parkridge East Hamilton
Hancock County Hospital Hancock
Hawkins County Memorial Hospital Hawkins
Tennova Healthcare - Jefferson Memorial Hospital Jefferson
Johnson County Memorial Hospital Johnson
UT Medical Center Knox
Jackson – Madison County General Hospital Madison
Parkridge West Marion
Starr Regional Medical Center - Athens  McMinn
Starr Regional Medical Center - Etowah  McMinn
Cookeville Regional Medical Center Putnam
Rhea Medical Center Rhea
Ascension, St. Thomas Rutherford Rutherford
HCA, Stonecrest Rutherford
Erlanger Sequatchie Valley Sequatchie
LeConte Medical Center Sevier
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
Creekside Behavioral Health Sullivan
Sumner Regional Medical Center Sumner
TriStar Hendersonville Sumner
Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Unicoi
St. Thomas River Park Hospital Warren
Franklin Woods Community Hospital Washington
Johnson City Medical Center Washington
West Tennessee Healthcare Volunteer Hospital Weakley

To learn more, download our onepager at the right. If your hospital is interested in these services, please contact: 

Jessica Youngblom
Director of Strategic Initiatives

image of the TN recovery navigators onepager

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.

Additional Resources

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:
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 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:

Jessica Youngblom
Director of Special Projects