• Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute Names New CEO

    Friday, June 30, 2017 | 11:22am

    NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has appointed Joyce Kovacs as its new Chief Executive Officer for the State of Tennessee Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute (MTMHI) in Nashville. “We are delighted and excited by the appointment of Joyce Kovacs,” said Marie Williams, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

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  • 2017 Suicide and the Black Church Conference

    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.

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  • Call to Action: Raise Awareness and Erase the Stigma Now

    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.

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  • Tennessee Celebrates National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

    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.

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  • New Era of Leadership for Tennessee’s Substance Abuse Authority

    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.

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  • Tennessee to Receive $13.8 Million Aimed at Prescription Opioid Crisis

    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.

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  • Two Annual Behavioral Health Awareness Events in Nashville

    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.

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  • Youth Substance Use Declining in Tennessee

    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)

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  • State of Tennessee Releases Action Plan to End Chronic Homelessness

    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.

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  • Are You Feeling the Holiday Blues?

    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. 

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  • Time to Change View on Addiction: Not a Moral Failing

    Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 11:33am

    NASHVILLE- A new Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns.  Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders. In Tennessee, it is estimated that 373,000 adults and 26,000 youth have a substance use disorder.

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  • Tennessee Move Initiative

    Monday, November 14, 2016 | 3:08pm

    Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Service is set to launch the Tennessee Move Initiative. This will be a collaborative effort among the Department’s Division of Mental Health Services and Division of Hospital Services, to provide intensive and customized care coordination services to individuals in long-term units within Tennessee’s state owned regional mental health institutes.

    This statewide initiative will feature a local team in each Grand Division across the State of Tennessee.  After an announcement of funding, the Department has chosen and contracted with the following community providers to implement the Tennessee Move Initiative:

    • West Tennessee: Alliance Healthcare
    • Middle Tennessee: LifeCare Family Services
    • East Tennessee: Helen Ross McNabb Center
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  • Sejal West Named Deputy Commissioner

    Friday, October 28, 2016 | 4:28pm

    Commissioner Marie Williams announces the appointment of Sejal West as the Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

    “I am pleased to announce Sejal West as the new Deputy Commissioner for the Department,” said Marie Williams, Commissioner Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “As Assistant Commissioner, Sejal’s extraordinary passion for serving those with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders helped lead the way for innovative and transformational progress in this State.”   

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