• Alcohol and Drug Crisis Services Open in East and West Tennessee

    Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 7:32am

    NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announces the opening of four medically-monitored crisis detoxification units in East and West Tennessee. The units are operating out of community mental health and alcohol and drug agencies in Chattanooga, Jackson, Knoxville and Memphis. A fifth unit will open later this year in Nashville to serve Middle Tennessee.

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  • September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

    Wednesday, September 09, 2009 | 8:26am

    NASHVILLE – September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery month. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this event, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities would like to recognize all Tennesseans who are currently in recovery and those who are working toward recovery from past drug and alcohol abuse.  With proper treatment and supports, recovery is definitely possible for all persons facing the illness of drug and alcohol abuse. 

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  • Tennessee Communities Awarded Federal Drug Free Community Coalition Grants

    Friday, September 04, 2009 | 7:01am

    NASHVILLE – Five Community Anti-Drug Coalitions from Tennessee will each receive $625,000 in new federal Drug Free Communities grant funds over the next five years. The grants, which begin October 1, 2009, will provide funding to involve and engage each coalition’s local community to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drug abuse among youth. 

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  • Commissioner Betts Re-Elected President of National Organization

    Thursday, August 06, 2009 | 9:17am

    NASHVILLE – Tennessee Commissioner of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Virginia Trotter Betts has been re-elected president of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Betts begins her second term as president this month. She has previously served on the NASMHPD Board of Directors, as the representative for the Southern Region and then as Vice President.

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  • Art for Awareness Day Promotes Consumer Recovery and Creativity

    Wednesday, May 06, 2009 | 8:20am

    Artists from Across the State Gather in Legislative Plaza

    NASHVILLE – May is recognized nationally as Mental Health Month, and on Monday the Fourth Annual Art for Awareness Day held at Legislative Plaza featured the works of 35 artists in recovery from mental illness. The special event was co-sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Middle Tennessee Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition.

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  • May is Mental Health Month

    Friday, May 01, 2009 | 9:47am

    NASHVILLE – In recognition of Mental Health Month, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities is encouraging Tennesseans to increase their awareness of mental health and mental illness by understanding the fundamental nature of mental health to overall health as well as the destructive nature of stigma in our society.

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  • Mental Health Crisis Services Expand in Northeast Tennessee

    Tuesday, April 21, 2009 | 6:04am

    Crisis Stabilization Unit Opens in Johnson City

    NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announces the opening of a crisis stabilization unit in Johnson City, Tenn. The CSU will provide 24-hour, seven days a week, short-term stabilization services for individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues and serve residents of 10 counties including Carter, Cocke, Green, Hancock, Hamblen, Hawkins, Johnson, Unicoi, Washington, and Sullivan. Frontier Health will operate the first CSU in Northeast Tennessee and one of seven across the State.

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  • Mental Health Crisis Services Expand in West Tennessee

    Monday, April 06, 2009 | 6:37am

    Crisis Stabilization Unit Opens in Memphis

    NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announces the opening of a crisis stabilization unit in Memphis.  The CSU will provide 24-hour, seven days a week, short-term stabilization services for individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues and serve residents of three counties including Shelby, Fayette, and Tipton. Southeast Mental Health Agency will operate the first CSU in Memphis.

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  • TDMHDD Issues Announcement of Funding for Community Prevention Programs

    Wednesday, April 01, 2009 | 10:52am

    NASHVILLEThe Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities has issued an Announcement of Funding for statewide prevention services in the amount of approximately $6 million.

    Using information from TDMHDD Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Service's statewide needs assessment, prevention funding will be targeted to provide evidenced-based prevention services to select populations, such as youth in foster care, youth in the juvenile justice system, and children of substance abusing parents.   

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  • Nashville Youth Featured at National Substance Abuse Prevention Leadership Forum

    Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | 10:09am

    NASHVILLEThe Nashville Prevention Partnership’s Rep Your Voice campaign will be showcased this week at the 2009 Community Anti-Drug Coalition’s Across America National Leadership Forum held in Washington D.C. The Nashville Prevention Partnership is an anti-drug coalition that brings individuals and organizations together to reduce and prevent substance abuse and violence in Davidson County. 

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  • Mental Health Crisis Services Expand in East Tennessee

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | 10:39am

    NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announces the opening of a crisis stabilization unit in Knoxville. The CSU will provide 24-hour, 7 days a week, short-term stabilization services for individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues and serve residents of 14 counties including Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Union, Roane, Sevier, and Scott. The Helen Ross McNabb Center will operate the first CSU in Knoxville.

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  • Feeling "SAD" During the Winter Months?

    Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | 4:39am

    NASHVILLEThe winter season may bring about cold temperatures, dreary days and feelings of depression for many Tennesseans. These feelings may be caused by a condition known as seasonal affective disorder which tends to occur more often in the winter months, especially January and February. It is now estimated that 4-6 percent of the population suffers from SAD. It is four times more common in women than in men, but, when present, men may have more severe symptoms. Young adults are also more likely to suffer from SAD, but it is uncommon in people under 20.

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  • Mental Health Crisis Services Expand in West Tennessee

    Tuesday, January 13, 2009 | 7:31am

    NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities announces the opening of a crisis stabilization unit in Jackson, Tenn. The CSU will provide 24-hour, seven days a week, short-term stabilization services for individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues and serve residents of 18 counties including Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, and Weakley. Pathways of Tennessee will operate the first CSU in West Tennessee.

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  • Beating the Holiday Blues

    Tuesday, December 16, 2008 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLEFor many individuals, the holiday season is a time for visiting friends, exchanging gifts and simply enjoying the hustle and bustle of shopping malls and seasonal festivities. For others, the season is not so blissful, especially during these tough economic times. It is not uncommon for people to feel down, even depressed this time of year, suffering from a condition labeled as the “holiday blues.”

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