What does recovery mean to you? For Tennesseans living with mental health and substance abuse issues, recovery is the process through which people are able to live, learn, work, and fully participate in their communities.
Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 08:26am
Monday, August 27, 2018 | 08:44am
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services opened the application period for its first Juvenile Justice Reform Local Diversion Grants. The investment of $4.5 million in recurring funding by Governor Bill Haslam and the General Assembly will go to expand community based-services and training.
Tuesday, August 07, 2018 | 11:55am
NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today honored 23 state employees who are helping Tennessee lead by providing outstanding state services every day. The employees, who were nominated by their departments’ leadership for the Governor’s Excellence in Service Awards, were invited to attend a luncheon at the Tennessee Residence for providing efficient and effective service to the state and their fellow Tennesseans. “The employees honored today are on the forefront of improving how Tennessee state government delivers services,” Haslam said. “By exceeding leadership and customer expectations, creating innovative solutions or improving processes and services, these state employees are helping provide taxpayers with the highest quality service at the lowest possible cost.”
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Haslam Praises Commission for Creating Competencies To Better Train Future Prescribers on Pain Management, AddictionThursday, July 26, 2018 | 02:16pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today praised the Commission on Pain and Addiction Medicine Education for identifying core competencies for Tennessee’s medical education institutions to ensure future doctors, nurses, dentists and other prescribers receive in-class training on how to best manage patient pain and properly treat addiction in response to the state’s opioid epidemic. Haslam established the 19-member commission by executive order in January as part of the TN Together plan to fight opioid addiction in Tennessee. The commission submitted a report to the governor outlining 12 competencies for health care educators, as well as strategies to assure they are successfully adopted.
Friday, June 29, 2018 | 12:19pm
MARYVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today signed legislation to support TN Together, the governor’s aggressive and comprehensive plan to end the opioid crisis in Tennessee through three key areas – prevention, treatment and law enforcement. “This legislation is a major step in helping fight this epidemic by limiting the supply of opioids and providing resources to provide treatment for those addicted,” Haslam said in a ceremonial bill signing at the Blount Memorial Hospital. “I am proud to sign the TN Together legislation today and I thank the members of the 110th General Assembly for their commitment to addressing this crisis. Opioid addition affects the entire state in some form, and with this comprehensive plan I feel confident that we can make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.”
Thursday, June 14, 2018 | 08:31am
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse today unveiled the new Fast Facts data portal. The redesign of this popular feature allows visitors to TN.gov to interact with data that touches all facets of the department’s mission and vision.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 08:11am
May marks Mental Health Awareness Month in Tennessee. One in five Tennessee adults experiences a mental illness in a given year.
Friday, May 18, 2018 | 01:02pm
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is proud to announce that the team from Brentwood High School won the viewer-voted Tennessee Together Teen public service announcement competition.
Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 02:44pm
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today joined Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson to encourage Tennesseans to make an impact on the state’s opioid crisis by cleaning out their expired or unwanted medications on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The biannual event urges citizens to find the medications in their homes, including prescription opioids, and safely and securely dispose of them. During the most recent national take back event last October, Tennesseans disposed of more than 68,000 pounds of medication.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 07:46am
Tennessee is one of 19 states selected for a new training and support program to improve the social, emotional, and mental health of babies, toddlers, and young children. A group of leaders from several state agencies and other stakeholders led by the Association of Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN) will participate in a year-long series of sessions with ZERO TO THREE.
Haslam: State to Undertake First Ever Security Assessment of All Schools and Target $30 Million to Address Immediate Security NeedsWednesday, March 28, 2018 | 07:39am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced his approval of recommendations submitted by the school safety working group he appointed earlier this month to make immediate enhancements to school safety. The working group identified three immediate priorities: 1. A review and risk assessment of all school facilities to identify vulnerabilities; 2.An increase in available resources to help secure school resource officers (SROs); and 3. A statewide technology application for anonymous reporting of security threats.
Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 12:56pm
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has awarded its first-ever Alternative Transportation Pilot Project grant to Madison County Government. The grant amount of $333,000 will address the transportation requirements of people in need of involuntary psychiatric hospitalization.
Friday, March 09, 2018 | 02:30pm
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is pleased to announce the promotion of Dr. Terry Holmes to Chief Medical Officer.
Haslam Forms Working Group To Review School Safety, Make Immediate Safety Recommendations To Enhance SecurityMonday, March 05, 2018 | 02:00pm
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he has formed a working group of leaders from the executive branch, General Assembly, safety, education and mental health to immediately begin reviewing school safety in Tennessee and provide recommendations to enhance the security of school children. While all schools in Tennessee currently have safety plans in place, the Governor’s School Safety Working Group will convene this week to review the policies, procedures and process of developing and implementing those plans, as well as other school safety measures, including communication and collaboration among law enforcement, educators and mental health professionals.
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 | 01:48pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam today recognized 22 state employees for providing outstanding service to the state and their fellow Tennesseans at a luncheon at the Tennessee Residence. The Governor’s Excellence in Service Awards was launched in 2016 to honor outstanding state employees who are helping Tennessee lead by providing efficient and effective state services every day.
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