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Calling all Tennessee artists in recovery!
For the 10th year, Tennessee's Art for Awareness Day in partnership with the Healing Arts Project, Inc. is bringing together talented artists from across the state. It's a day for celebration and raises awareness for people in recovery from mental illness or substance abuse.
10th Annual Art for Awareness
War Memorial Building
301 6th Avenue N. in Downtown Nashville
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 1-3 p.m.
"While their struggles are often very personal, we congratulate everyone who has participated over the years in bringing their emotions to the surface through artistic expression," said E. Douglas Varney, TDMHSAS Commissioner. "Art is truly a powerful medium for people to communicate their experience to the world. I'm excited that this year we are celebrating 10 years of creative artists in Tennessee."
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CLICK HERE to learn more and join in Art for Awareness 2015. Registration Deadline: March 13, 2015.
You're the Best!
Announcing the Crisis Services Outstanding Employee Recognition Program
The goal of this program is to recognize team members who go above and beyond in the field of Crisis Services.
Nominees should be crisis workers who demonstrate:
Congratulations to our first Crisis Services Outstanding Employee!
Rick is featured in the Winter/Spring edition of the Department newsletter and will receive a certificate signed by the Commissioner.
If you would like to nominate an outstanding colleague for this honor and you work in Crisis Services in the state of Tennessee, download the nomination form here. Deadline to submit a nomination for the next recognition is Monday, April 6.
State Unveils Plan to Fight Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse is a pervasive, multi-dimensional issue impacting Tennessee individuals, families, and communities. "Prescription for Success: Statewide Strategies to Prevent and Treat the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic in Tennessee" is a strategic plan developed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in collaboration with sister agencies impacted by the prescription drug epidemic.
The abuse of prescription drugs, specifically opioids, is an epidemic in Tennessee, with disastrous and severe consequences to Tennesseans of every age including: overdose deaths, emergency department visits, hospital costs, newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, children in state custody, and people incarcerated for drug-related crimes. "Prescription for Success" is comprehensive and multi-year in scope and nature. However, this plan does not obligate the Administration or the General Assembly to any additional funding requests to fulfill this plan's purpose. Funding requests related to the initiatives in this document will be determined through the normal General Assembly budgeting process. For more information, please click here.
Call 1-855-CRISIS-1 for Mental Health or Substance Abuse Needs
The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) has a toll-free statewide phone number you can call for mental health and substance use crisis services. The number, 1-855-CRISIS-1 (1-855-274-7471), will route callers to their local crisis provider. For more information, click here.More...
The mission of TDMHSAS is to plan for and promote the availability of a comprehensive array of quality prevention, early intervention, treatment, habilitation and rehabilitation services and supports based on the needs and choices of individuals and families served.
The vision of TDMHSAS is to be one of the nation’s most innovative and proactive service providers for Tennesseans dealing with mental health and substance abuse problems.
2015 Annual Synar Report
The Draft Annual Synar Report is available for public review and comment. Click here to download the document. Please submit all questions/comments via email to Taryn Sloss at Taryn.Sloss@tn.gov no later than December 29, 2014.
New Regional Youth Crisis Telephone Lines
Effective July 1, 2014, there are new toll-free telephone numbers regarding Mobile Crisis Services for Children & Youth in the following counties:
For more information, please click here.
2014 TDMHSAS Legislative Summary
To view 2014 Tennessee legislation that relates to TDMHSAS, mental health services, and/or substance abuse services, please click here.
Prescription Drug Take-Back Boxes Around Tennessee
As of January 5, 2014, there are currently 86 permanent locations in 48 counties around Tennessee where you can safely drop off your unused prescription drugs. Please click here to see the current list.
Consumer Advisory Board Meetings Information
The Consumer Advisory Board meets via conference call on the first Friday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. Central. The conference call is open to the public. The call-in numbers are 741-1513 (Nashville area) or 1-866-525-0738 (toll-free). The mission of the Consumer Advisory Board is to voice an informed perspective on policy and planning issues that impacts the recovery, resiliency, and rights of people with mental illness.
The Peer Support Work Group was established in 2011 to review various models and programs of providing peer support services in order to determine the best model(s) for Tennessee. Click Here to read their report, which was issued in March 2012.
My Health, My Choice, My Life is a health promotion and wellness initiative for Tennesseans who live with mental health and substance use conditions. My Health, My Choice, My Life provides individuals with self-directed tools, empowering them with the knowledge, skills and resources to improve their overall well-being and resiliency and live healthy and purposeful lives. Click Here for more information.
Commissioner Varney talks about his vision for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, his experience and transforming state government to become more efficient and effective.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Mandatory Prescreening Agents are required to take the MPA Refresher Course every two years.