The TAADAS Clearinghouse
is the state repository and dissemination center for alcohol
and drug, problem gambling, and other addiction prevention
and treatment literature and information. Free literature
may be ordered via this web site. 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 web site, 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?
The Clearinghouse 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
does the Clearinghouse work with National Organizations?
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
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. Some features of this web site are the video
catalog, this free literature ordering section,
and the downloadable
documents section for instant access to the information
you need - when you need it, and much more!