The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) provides a range of services to Tennesseans, including behavioral health safety net, Crisis Continuum, System of Care, Clinical Substance, ongoing abuse treatment, recovery courts, and criminal justice. The good news is that the most recent rounds of federal funding complement existing global mental health grants and block grants for substance abuse in the state. A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the pandemic revealed the importance of providing mental health services to those in need. Research has also shown the value of peer support in the range of services offered to people with mental health problems.
The TDMHSAS is committed to providing quality mental health and substance abuse services to all Tennesseans. The department works with local providers to ensure that individuals have access to the care they need. The TDMHSAS also works with state and federal agencies to ensure that funding is available for these services. The budget for TDMHSAS is determined by the state legislature each year.
This budget includes funds for mental health services, substance abuse treatment, recovery courts, criminal justice programs, research and evaluation activities related to mental health and substance abuse services, and other initiatives. The TDMHSAS is dedicated to providing quality mental health and substance abuse services to all Tennesseans. With adequate funding from the state legislature, the department can continue to provide these essential services.