Substance Abuse/Addiction Treatment in Tennessee
Tennessee is in the midst of a serious substance abuse epidemic that has led to devastating outcomes to families, communities, and our great state. In Tennessee, more people than ever are dependent on or addicted to drugs. Governor Haslam and the General Assembly should be commended for their efforts to address the issue of prescription drug abuse with the passage of various legislative acts including the Prescription Safety Act of 2012 and the endorsement of “Prescription For Success“-- a strategic initiative developed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) and other state departments which outlines statewide strategies to address Tennessee’s prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Economic Benefits of Investment in Treatment
The System We Need
The state of the union in mental health and addiction in this country is one of great promise and almost unlimited potential. From legislation and regulation, to advocacy and organizing, together we are changing the conversation and making real progress.
We also know there is much more to do. We need to keep pushing ahead. We must push toward the system we need. The system we deserve. The system we, and millions of our fellow citizens, are waiting for.
The system we deserve
Transforms Response to Children in Crisis
NASHVILLE – When a child or young person is experiencing a mental health crisis, response time by a trained youth crisis specialist is of the essence. This rapid response is helping to ensure more Tennessee children and youth in crisis situations receive a face-to-face assessment from a trained professional as soon as possible.
For the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, that goal translated into a new focus and realignment of the state’s system of care for children and youth experiencing a mental health crisis.
In 2015, crisis services specialists conducted 10,422 face-to-face assessments of children and youth in crisis, the most ever in the department’s history...
Children & Youth Crisis Assessments in Tennessee