is the state
and dissemination center for
alcohol and drug, problem gambling, and other addiction
prevention and treatment literature and information. Free
literature may be ordered via our website at www.taadas.org.
The Clearinghouse also serves as the statewide referral source
for any person who calls seeking assistance and/or resources
on any of these topics. Besides information dissemination, the
Clearinghouse serves the public with a lending library, which
includes research text and data, statistics, videotapes,
Internet access and vertical files. Through the years,
professionals, businesses, family members, students, and
countless others have become accustomed to the reliability of
the Clearinghouse services. Numerous pieces of literature and
videotapes have been distributed to churches, state and local
agencies, jails, prisons, community centers, prevention
programs, treatment centers, schools, and universities.
Services can be accessed by phone, e-mail, fax, in person at
the Clearinghouse office, exhibits, health fairs, Internet
website, or other outreach activity. The Clearinghouse is one
of the most unique in the United States. All issues of
substance abuse and addictions are combined in our information
service delivery. (i.e. violence, law enforcement, HIV/AIDS,
etc.) Although our main thrust is substance abuse and problem
gambling information, we offer a continuum of information and
referrals on prevention, intervention, mental health, family
issues, wellness and health for the total person.
old is the Clearinghouse and how is it funded?
was founded in 1980 with initial funding from the
TN. Dept. of Mental Health/Mental Retardation. The
Clearinghouse continues to be funded through an
agreement with the State of Tennessee and is housed
at the TAADAS offices. TAADAS is a non-profit
organization whose goal is to champion the cause of
quality addiction services in Tennessee, and
advocate unceasingly for those who still suffer from
the ravages of addiction and for the addiction
professionals who serve them.
1989, the Clearinghouse was designated as the state Regional
Alcohol and Drug Awareness Resource (RADAR) Network Center.
The RADAR Network, sponsored by SAMHSA's NCADI, is the largest
substance abuse prevention and treatment network of its kind.
There are more than 700 active Centers worldwide with representation
in every State and U.S. territory. This unique network provides
an organized way for States to connect with one another and
with national agencies such as the Center for Substance Abuse
Prevention (CSAP), the National Association of State Alcohol
and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), and the National Prevention
Network (NPN). The RADAR Network works across the globe providing
SAMSHA/CSAP with the “eyes and ears” from diverse segments of
the substance abuse prevention field. Network members provide
invaluable ideas and insight into both CSAP’s program planning
and to the CSAP materials development process (through testing
and other review processes in various stages of materials development).
Overall, the RADAR Network contributes significantly to making
prevention work in communities by reducing overlap between Federal
and State efforts, increasing efficiency in information/knowledge
exchange and transfer; and creating stronger links between Federal,
State, and community-based prevention efforts.
types of tools are available at the Clearinghouse?
Patrons have access to
an overabundance of tools such as free literature, curricula,
research monographs, abstracts, conference proceedings, clinical
research, diagnostic tools, articles and journals, check out
books and video tapes. These resources are all free to Tennessee
residents. Check out the Clearinghouse on the web at www.taadas.org
There you will find our video catalog, descriptions of free
literature, on line order forms, downloadable documents for
instant access to the information you need – when you need it,
and much more!
This project is funded by the
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance