TAADAS wants to enlist your organization’s help with our budget allocation request for addictions treatment. TAADAS has joined with TAMHO (TN Assoc. of MH Organizations) to work on a joint project to ask the Governor for a budget allocation for addiction treatment funding in the FY 2018 budget. A copy of the flyer we put together for our conversations with the Governor is attached as well as a template letter that can be used by your members and one that your members can ask their legislators to send to the Governor.
We’d love for you to ask the Governor and your legislator to support our request for $14 million in State funds to increase treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. When you contact your legislator, please ask them to request support for this issue with the Governor. The Governor is likely finalizing the budget in December, so the time is now. This funding initiative will greatly enhance TN addiction provider’s ability to provide more timely addiction assessments and treatment, which will likely address many related issues as well such as the number of children entering state custody and costly incarceration. I am sure your staff are aware of these issues and with skyrocketing overdose rates here in Tennessee. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Linden Salter at 615-780-5901, x-18.
This issue is as timely and necessary as today’s news. The Washington Post today stated that nationwide, heroin deaths have surpassed gun homicides for the first time. Click here to read the story.
December 22, 2016
Your Life Matters Campaign:
Putnam County kicks off their "Your Life Matters" Campaign this week! 40 patrol vehicles have been tagged for the program, officers will carry Tennessee REDLINE cards and local resource sheets to better assist those in need of addiction treatment.
November 17, 2016
Surgeon General's Report: Facing Addiction in America
Find the full report on our advocacy page.
LAADAC Board Meeting
January 13th: 9 am - 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter, Poplar Room
Board of A&D Counselors - Rules Task Force Suggestions
December 1, 2016
Open Enrollment November 1st
January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15, 2016.
January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
The next legislative session
begins in January of 2017 and TAADAS has several goals for the upcoming session including:
TAADAS and TAMHO members met with Governor Bill Haslam to discuss funding for addiction services in Tennessee.