NASHVILLE—The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) will receive six million dollars in federal funding to provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction to people who otherwise might not have access to it. Treatment supported by the funding will be targeted to the uninsured or underinsured, particularly veterans or military members and women of childbearing age. In all, the funding will provide medication-assisted treatment for 660 people in six targeted counties: Davidson, Hardin, Lewis, Shelby, Sullivan, and Washington. “When battling opioid addiction, there’s no single treatment that can work for all patients,” said TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams. “For the people who can benefit from medication-assisted treatment, we know that the cost is often a barrier. This targeted funding will go a long way to making sure patients continue treatment in pursuit of recovery.”
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 | 10:30am
Thursday, June 15, 2017 | 12:22pm
Misuse of the Powerful Drug & Its Derivatives Causing Overdoses and Deaths
NASHVILLE – Fentanyl: It’s here; it’s deadly and not just illegal users are at risk. Along with fentanyl there are other, more powerful drugs like carfentanil that are being used in counterfeiting legal drugs like Percocet and even counterfeiting of illegal heroin. That’s the message leaders from the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security provided today during a press conference at TBI headquarters in Nashville.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | 4:09pm
Nashville- The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is pleased to support the 2017 Suicide and the Black Church Conference in Memphis June 14 - 15, as the nation’s leading suicide awareness forum for faith leaders in the African-American community.
Monday, May 15, 2017 | 3:46pm
NASHVILLE – In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is calling on all Tennesseans to raise awareness about mental health and erase the stigma associated with this disease.
Monday, May 08, 2017 | 10:32am
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) has appointed William “Bo” Turner, Ph.D, FACHE to serve as Assistant Commissioner of Hospital Services.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 | 1:39pm
During the first week of May, communities across Tennessee are coming together to celebrate the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. The purpose of this week is to highlight the importance of children’s mental health and to increase awareness around evidence-based practices and strategies that support a healthy mind. In Tennessee, we are extremely fortunate to have a dedicated network of community mental health centers that help children affected by mental health develop the resiliency they need to thrive.
Friday, April 28, 2017 | 11:49am
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) begins new era of leadership in the Division of Substance Abuse Services. Dr. Stephen Loyd has been appointed as Assistant Commissioner and Taryn Harrison Sloss will now serve as Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Division.
Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 9:54am
Misuse and Accidental Use of Powerful Drug Can be Fatal
NASHVILLE – Fentanyl, an exceptionally powerful drug used legally to treat extreme pain, has found its way to the illegal drug market, and it is killing people. According to three departments and one agency of Tennessee State Government, overdose deaths associated with fentanyl are increasing in the state and law enforcement officials have found the drug in counterfeit versions of commonly misused pain relief pills
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 10:41am
NASHVILLE - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. has announced that the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will be awarded $13.8 million through the 21st Century Cures Act to help combat the prescription opioid epidemic in Tennessee. This is the largest single federal funding increase for opioid treatment in the state’s history.
Friday, March 03, 2017 | 2:21pm
NASHVILLE-Wednesday March 8th, 2017, will be an exciting day for mental health agencies, consumers and advocates as they attend a pair of events in Downtown Nashville.
“Behavioral Health Day on the Hill” at War Memorial Auditorium, sponsored by the Tennessee Coalition for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Registration begins at 8:30am, the program begins at 9:30am, and the event concludes at 12:45pm.
12th Annual Art for Awareness 2017 event -- co-sponsored by the TDMHSAS and the Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI) -- gets under way as consumer artists from across Tennessee come together to share their works and their experiences. The event begins at 1 p.m. in the War Memorial Auditorium with registration opening at 8 a.m.
Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 10:35am
NASHVILLE- The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is proud to announce that youth substance use trends are declining in Tennessee, according to a new report from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. (Source: SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2006-2008; 2008-2010; 2010-2012; and 2012-2014)
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 12:12pm
NASHVILLE – In a luncheon at the Tennessee Residence today, Governor Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam honored 23 state employees for their exceptional service to the state and their fellow Tennesseans. This is the second group of state employees receiving the Governor’s Excellence in Service Awards, a program Gov. Haslam launched in 2016 to honor outstanding state employees. Great service in state government is like great service anywhere – the key ingredient is great employees,” Gov. Haslam said. “The 23 state employees receiving this honor are on the front lines of what we do, leading the effort to help us make Tennessee the best managed state in the nation. I appreciate all the work they and other state employees do to help make Tennessee the best place to live, work and raise a family.”
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Thursday, January 05, 2017 | 12:09pm
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), in partnership with both the U.S. and Tennessee Interagency Councils on Homelessness, today released an action plan to end chronic homelessness in the Volunteer State. The collaborative plan brings together multiple federal, state, county, and local government agencies, and community partners providing a systematic approach to help eliminate homelessness over the next 10 years.
Monday, December 19, 2016 | 11:22am
NASHVILLE- The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) offers several resources for those impacted by the recent wildfires and severe storms in Tennessee and has helped provide coordinated mental health services on site in Gatlinburg as the recovery phase of that disaster continues.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 | 11:58am
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services would like to wish you a great holiday season but also inform you about the major mood disorders that can accompany the holiday season. Avoid the “Holiday Blues” in order to enjoy this wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, the holiday season brings about overwhelming feelings of stress, anxiety and sadness for too many Tennesseans.