Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Highlights Need to Properly Dispose of Expired, Unused, Unwanted Medications

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 | 03:44 pm
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Dozens of Sites will be Set Up Around Tennessee on Saturday, April 26

NASHVILLE — To help reduce the number of Americans who are abusing prescription drugs, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 26, so that thousands of pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medications and other substances can be safely removed from homes around the United States.

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.