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 15, 2017 | 3:46pm
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.”
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 | 3:02pm
NASHVILLE – In observance of National Suicide Prevention Month, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is encouraging all Tennesseans living with depression, hopelessness, and threats of self-harm to seek help!
“Most people who consider suicide have depression or a related mental illness, and as a result have a sense of hopelessness, said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “In Tennessee, it’s estimated that roughly half of the people who die by suicide have a measurable amount of alcohol in their system at the time of death.”
Thursday, September 08, 2016 | 4:45pm
“We celebrate these individuals for taking steps to overcome a substance use or mental health issue,” said E. Douglas Varney, Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. “This is what Recovery Month is all about. And it’s our ongoing mission to inform, serve, and to help make available the treatment resources to help all Tennesseans reclaim their lives from the grip of an addition or mental illness. Our goal every day is to help people recover and live a healthy life of purpose and limitless possibilities.”