Mental Health Counseling Offered to Storm Victims

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health (TDMH) has
received an extension on a $2.1 million grant from the Substance Abuse
and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to continue providing
mental health outreach, counseling, and educational services to
individuals impacted by the severe storms and historic flooding that
initially began in the spring of 2010. The grant, which was set to
conclude in June, will be extended until August 31, 2011.
The extension will allow the department to continue collaborative
efforts with five community mental health centers in Middle and West
Tennessee to provide basic mental health services in affected
communities including individual and group crisis counseling, public
education, community networking and support, and both adult and child
needs assessment and referral.

In addition to the grant extension TDMH received for last spring’s
flooding, two more separate and distinct recovery grants for communities
in East and West Tennessee affected by disasters in the spring of 2011
have been awarded to the state. These were awarded after Tennessee had
two new federal disaster declarations in 2011 in response to this
year’s violent storms and flooding. “After another spring of
historic devastation, the need for timely mental health services and
materials is imperative,” stated Doug Varney, Commissioner of the
Tennessee Department of Mental Health. “In times of disaster, people
need to know that they are not alone, and that helpful resources and
strategies are available across the state.”
The first grant of $195,570, which went into affect on May 17, 2011,
serves individuals in East Tennessee and partners with Frontier Health
in Johnson City and Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System in
Murfreesboro. Services will be available through June 30.
The second grant of $114,108, which went into affect on May 24, 2011,
serves individuals in West Tennessee and partners with Behavioral Health
Initiatives in Jackson and Southeast Mental Health Center in Memphis.
Services will be available through July 8.
Through these grants, services are now available for individuals in
Bledsoe, Bradley, Greene, Hamilton, Johnson, McMinn, Rhea, Washington,
Dyer, Lake, Obion, and Shelby Counties.
For a list of additional mental health resources or crisis services in
your area visit or call TDMH’s Office of Consumer
Affairs at (615) 532-6700 or 1-800-560-5767.
The community mental health centers listed below represent the
providers under the recently received recovery grants. They will be
providing mental health education, crisis counseling, and referral
services to the counties listed.
Greene, Washington, Johnson
1167 Spratlin Park Drive
P.O. Box 9054
Johnson City, TN 37165
(423) 467-3702
Crisis Line: 877-928-9062
Hamilton, Bledsoe, McMinn, Rhea
118 North Chuch Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 893-0770
Crisis Line: 800-704-2651
36C Sandstone Circle
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 668-6886
Crisis Line: 800-353-9918
3810 Winchester Road
Memphis, TN 38181
(901) 369-1420
Crisis Line: 901-259-8920

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