TAADAS wants to enlist your organization’s help with our budget allocation request for addictions treatment. The multi-state agency report “Prescription for Success” identified a nearly 30 million dollar need for services to address addiction issues in TN – the allocation of $6 million will put Tennessee a step closer to this goal. Current funding only treats 1 in 10 of those needing addiction treatment. This funding will address opioid use, prescription drug abuse, NAS births, generational substance abuse, alcoholism, emerging heroin use and the use of synthetics. 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 use to ask for their legislator's support.
We’d love for you to ask your legislator to support the Governor’s budget proposal for $6 million in State funds to increase treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. 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.
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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.
Save the Date! March 8th 2017
It's the annual TN Coalition for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Day on the Hill SCHEDULE YOUR LEGISLATIVE VISITS IN ADVANCE, or connect with NAMI, TAADAS, TMHCA, or another Coalition body to visit legislators with together. Register Here
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.
December 1, 2016
Board of A&D Counselors - Rules Task Force Suggestions
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. UPDATE: This meeting has led to a proposed budget allocation of 6 million dollars for A&D treatment in TN. Read more above.