Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

Tennessee Launches Additional Efforts in 2013 to Reduce the Number of Drug-Dependent Newborns

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 | 02:34 pm

NASHVILLE – In 2013, 921 newborns in Tennessee experienced withdrawal from drugs their mothers used while pregnant. Many people across Tennessee, including a group of state leaders, are working to reduce that number and in the past year launched several efforts to help prevent the suffering and expenses associated with the condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS.

Spring Months – not Winter Months – Actually See the Highest Number of Suicides

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 04:03 pm

Suicide Prevention Needs to be a Yearlong Endeavor

NASHVILLE – If you think that most suicides occur in the cold, gray winter months, think again: It has actually been shown that the spring months of March, April, and May have consistently had the highest suicide rate, with 4-6 percent more suicides occurring in these months than during others.

Haslam Introduces Anti-Meth Production Legislation

Thursday, January 16, 2014 | 11:46 am

Proposal aims to reduce production without inconveniencing majority of consumers

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced legislation to reduce the growing problem of methamphetamine production in Tennessee.  The goal of the Tennessee Anti-Meth Production (TAMP) Act is to limit access to pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products to those who are using it illegally while not overburdening law-abiding Tennesseans who need temporary cold and sinus relief.  

Haslam joined legislators, members of the Public Safety Subcabinet and key stakeholders to announce his proposal, which aligns commonly purchased amounts of pseudoephedrine and ephedrine with 30-day limits.

Pair of State Mental Health Institutes Earn ‘Top Performer’ Recognition from The Joint Commission

Friday, November 01, 2013 | 02:35 pm

Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute in Nashville and Western Mental Health Institute in Bolivar Honored by Award

NASHVILLE – Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute and Western Mental Health Institute have both been named “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States.

New Law Restricts Amount of Some Powerful Drugs That Can be Dispensed in Tennessee

Friday, October 11, 2013 | 09:20 am

NASHVILLE – Effective this month, under a new Tennessee law, prescriptions for opioid pain medicines and benzodiazepine medicines may not be dispensed in Tennessee in quantities exceeding a 30-day supply. The new limits apply to all dispensers of these medications, including pharmacies, dispensaries and mail-order programs located either in or out of Tennessee.