A new emotional support phone line is coming soon for frontline healthcare workers impacted by COVID-19. It has been created by a new organization of mental health professionals throughout Tennessee called the Mental Health Active Response Team. They need mental health professionals to staff the phone line. If you're interested visit https://www.mharttn.org/volunteer/.
The Bookstore and Clearinghouse will open for ONLINE ORDERS ONLY on May 18th.
Thanks for your patience during this difficult time. Stay safe!
Every year, an estimated 1 in 5 American adults experiences mental illness. When it comes to insurance coverage, the law is clear. The federal Mental Health Parity legislation passed in 2008 requires health insurers to provide at least equal coverage for mental health conditions, as they do for medical and surgical care. But as CBS News' Dr. Jon LaPook found out, some families still have to fight to get the life-saving care their loved ones need. Full Story https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mental-health-insurance-coverage-families-fight-for-life-saving-care/
Check out the new quarterly TAADAS Times by clicking here.
The new TAADAS Times has been published! Read the latest edition here.
Follow the links below to find a list of new incoming legislators for the 111th General Assembly as well as the full list of TAADAS Advocacy Contacts.
See the Secretary of States's full list of Tennessee Election Results and learn more about changes coming in local, state, and federal government.
TAADAS published a legislative recap of events and actions taken during the first half of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. Download the report here.
Don't be denied your right to mental health and addiction treatment. The Kennedy Forum's new campaign, Don't Deny Me, can help people who have been denied coverage for behavioral health. Contact them here.
Legislative Session reconvened, and bill filing deadline will be the first week of January for both the House and Senate. Be on the lookout for your TAADAS legislative talking points soon!
TAADAS announces its 2019 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities.
Want to learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their effects on mental health and wellness? Follow the link to Tennessee's Building Strong Brains Initiative.
General Assembly in recess
The Tennessee General Assembly is on recess through June 1 due to the coronavirus epidemic. There have been several reports that indicate state revenues are significantly down, which will undoubtedly affect the state budget. The TAADAS advocacy team will be watching that and any other issues related to substance use disorder treatment and prevention if and when lawmakers return.
TAADAS Announces 2020 Legislative Priorities
TAADAS has chosen these five legislative and regulatory priorities TAADAS for 2020:
• Fund Adult Residential Treatment
• Enforce Parity
• Support Prescription Privileges for Nurse Practitioners and Physician's Assistants
• Expand Access to Quality Recovery Housing
• Expand Services for Pregnant and Post-Partum Women
For more information about our goals, follow the link to our Advocacy Page and look for the "On the Hill" section.
If you are interested in being part of TAADAS advocacy efforts, please join us as the next Legislative Committee meeting, held the Wednesday before monthly TAADAS board meetings.