• Tennessee Awarded Federal Suicide Prevention Grant

    Wednesday, December 03, 2008 | 7:34am

    NASHVILLEThe U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Acting Administrator Dr. Eric Broderick presented a “big check” today to the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Virginia Trotter Betts for $1.5 million. The funds are to continue the work of the Tennessee Lives Count project and provide three additional years of youth suicide prevention initiatives in Tennessee.

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  • State Awarded $9 Million for Mental Health Services in Shelby County

    Monday, October 13, 2008 | 9:52am

    NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities received a grant of $9 million from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to implement a coordinated system of care for children and youth in Memphis and Shelby County over the next six years, called the JustCare Family Network. Effective September 30, 2008, the grant is a result of the partnership among TDMHDD, Tennessee Voices for Children, JustCare for Kids, Dr. Leon Caldwell with Rhodes College, and Comprehensive Counseling Network (Frayser Millington Mental Health Center).

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  • Feeling Stressed or Anxious? Get Help!

    Monday, October 13, 2008 | 9:48am

    NASHVILLE—With home foreclosures on the rise, the increasing price of fuel and energy, and the recent events on Wall Street, many Tennesseans find themselves feeling worried and depressed. It is common to feel extra stress during tough financial times, but when the negative feelings persist and prevent you from doing daily activities and interacting with others, it could be a sign of a more serious condition.

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  • September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    Monday, October 13, 2008 | 9:46am

    NASHVILLE—In Tennessee, an estimated 850 men, women, and youth die by suicide each year—more than the number who die from homicide, AIDS, or drunk driving. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities wants to make Tennesseans aware of this issue and let them know that suicides can be prevented.

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  • September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

    Monday, October 13, 2008 | 9:34am

    NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee are joining together to recognize all Tennesseans who are currently in recovery from past drug and alcohol abuse and those who are working toward recovery. Alcohol and drug addictions are serious chronic illnesses that require focused attention and treatment regimens. With proper treatment and supports, recovery is certainly possible for all persons facing the illness of drug and alcohol abuse.

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  • September is Suicide Awareness Month

    Sunday, September 07, 2008 | 7:00pm

    In Tennessee, an estimated 750 men, women, and children die by suicide each year—more than the number who die from homicide, AIDS, or drunk driving. The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (TDMHDD), along with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, is working to increase suicide prevention awareness during September, National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

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  • Feeling SAD during the Winter Months?

    Friday, April 04, 2008 | 7:19am

    Identifying and Treating Seasonal Affective Disorder

    NASHVILLE — The 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 (SAD) which tends to occur more often in the winter months, especially January and February. It is now estimated that 4-6% of the population suffers from SAD, and it is four times more common in women than in men. Younger persons are also more likely to suffer from SAD.

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  • Lakeshore Passes Unannounced CMS Inspection

    Thursday, December 07, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE — Lakeshore Mental Health Institute recently received notification of full compliance with the CMS required conditions of participation for psychiatric hospitals. This report was based on an unscheduled CMS survey conducted at the facility on October 4, 2006. The final report received on Monday, November 20, 2006 granted recertification with no cited deficiencies.

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  • Mental Health Community Comes Together at Symposium on Recovery and Resiliency

    Wednesday, November 01, 2006 | 6:00pm

    NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (TDMHDD) and Magellan Health Services in partnership with NAMI Tennessee, Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO), Tennessee Voices for Children, and the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers Association are sponsoring a symposium to focus on mental health recovery and resiliency.

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  • TDMHDD Mental Health Expert Published in Book Focusing on African-American Women's Health Issues

    Tuesday, September 05, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE — Dr. Freida Hopkins Outlaw, Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Special Populations and Minority Services at the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (TDMHDD), has recently published an important work in the second edition of African-American Women’s Health and Social Issues.

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  • TDMHDD's Creating Homes Initiative (CHI) Nationally Recognized

    Monday, September 04, 2006 | 7:00pm
    NAMED A PROMISING PRACTICE BY THE COMMONWEALTH FUND

    NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities’ (TDMHDD) Creating Homes Initiative was recently recognized nationally by the Commonwealth Fund in a report entitled State Behavioral Health Innovations: Disseminating Promising Practices. The report identifies 17 innovations in behavioral health care being implemented by states, built on the foundation laid by the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and the Institute of Medicine.

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  • Commissioner Betts Attends National Emergency Response Summit

    Thursday, June 29, 2006 | 7:00pm

    LEADS TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS TO ASSESS PROGRESS MADE SINCE 2005 HURRICANE

    NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner (TDMHDD) Virginia Trotter Betts lead a team of Tennessee representatives to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSHA) National Summit to address the nation’s disaster behavioral health preparedness and response building on the lessons learned from the 2005 hurricanes.

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  • Art for Awareness Day Kicks Off Mental Health Month

    Monday, May 01, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE — May is recognized nationwide as Mental Health Month, and in Tennessee, a special event for persons in recovery was held on Monday at the State Capitol. Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (TDMHDD) and the Middle Tennessee Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition, Art for Awareness Day featured the works of 40 mental health consumer artists.

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  • Art for Awareness Day Kicks Off Mental Health Month

    Monday, May 01, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE — May is recognized nationwide as Mental Health Month, and in Tennessee, a special event for persons in recovery was held on Monday at the State Capitol. Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (TDMHDD) and the Middle Tennessee Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition, Art for Awareness Day featured the works of 40 mental health consumer artists.

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  • Local Nurse Selected for National Substance Abuse Committee

    Thursday, April 20, 2006 | 7:00pm

    NASHVILLE—Dr. Freida Hopkins Outlaw, Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Special Populations and Minority Services at the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (TDMHDD), was recently selected to join the Steering Committee for the National Quality Forum (NQF) project, evidence-based practices to treat substance-abuse disorders.

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