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Health Department

Behavioral Health Services

This website is presented as an educational and informational resource. It is not designed to provide services for persons in crisis or in need of mental health services.

Crisis Resources

Persons in crisis should call the Mobile Crisis line at (615) 726-0125, or the Crisis Center at (615) 244-7444, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

If the crisis is life threatening, dial 911.

Disaster Distress Helpline Provides Immediate Counseling

The SAMHSA-sponsored Helpline offers counseling to those affected by human-caused and natural disasters.

Feeling stressed?

If you or someone you know has been affected by a disaster and needs immediate assistance, please call this toll-free number for information, support, and counseling. You will be connected to the nearest crisis center.

1-800-985-5990 or
Text TalkWithUs to 66746

TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired:
1-800-846-8517

Screening and Referral for Substance Use/Abuse and Mental Health Issues

Full time professional counselors are available Monday through Friday, at Lentz Public Health Center, 311 23rd Avenue North, Room 211 to conduct assessments and make referrals to local counseling agencies for persons age 13 and older needing Substance Abuse or Mental Health services.

There is no charge for these services.

Call (615) 340-2172 for more information and to make an appointment. Walk-in clients will be seen as time permits.

Community agencies may call during business hours to schedule an appointment for a client to be screened in our office.

Staff

The Behavioral Health Services staff is comprised of professional, qualified, and dedicated individuals with experience and training in the behavioral health fields:

  • Angela Thompson, MS, MPS
  • Jenny Howard-Brown, BSW, LADAC
  • Brenda Byrns, BS
  • Nichelle Foster, MMFT
  • Carl Sutton

Program Philosophy

Addiction to any substance or behavior is a primary condition that is characterized by a specific set of symptoms and predictable outcomes, which include but are not limited to, continuing use or behaviors in spite of negative consequences and the need for increased use or behaviors in order to experience the same effect.

Addiction to substances and/or behaviors affects not only the individual but the family and concerned persons in the life of the addicted individual. It affects the individual physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Additionally, addiction meets the criteria as a disease and should be treated as such.

Mental Illness is a treatable condition which, if addressed, enables the individual to lead a normal and productive life. An important aspect of mental health services is to eliminate stigma and to provide ongoing support to individuals and families affected by this illness. There is hope in recovery from both addictive and mental disorders. Some individuals may have co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. These disorders often require medication management for stabilization and maintenance, which can enhance the recovery process.

Screening, Referral and Follow-up

The mission of this program is to provide non-emergent substance abuse and mental health screening, recommendation, and referral to adults and adolescents in Davidson County. The Staff will cooperate and coordinate with community agencies to ensure appropriate services are available.

Screenings are conducted at the Lentz Public Health Center in room 211. In addition to the general adult and adolescent populations, the program has team members who are trained in geriatric issues.

Team members will assist clients in navigating through the behavioral health system to facilitate timely access. Additionally, team members will assess life areas in which the client may have additional needs and make appropriate referrals to wrap-around services when indicated.

Group Accountability Program - GAP

The Group Accountability Program (GAP) is a series of sessions designed to educate clients by increasing their understanding of addiction and related issues. The GAP sessions emphasize healthy lifestyle changes and attention to mental well-being. Some clients may participate in GAP sessions while awaiting admission into either an outpatient or inpatient treatment setting.

Additional Resources

Mental Health Screenings & Alcohol and Drug Screening

www.depression-screening.org
www.ichope.com
www.alcoholscreening.org
www.drugscreening.org

Community Agency and Resource Links

Above the Influence
Healthy Children
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) Foundation
Children of Hoarders
Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health (NIH)
The Parents Toll-Free Helpline, 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)
TennCare Advocacy Program
Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee
NAMI-TN
Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Tennessee Voices for Children
Alzheimer’s Association
Council on Aging
Behavioral Safety Net of Tennessee

Resources for Families After a Pregnancy or Infant Loss

If you are having a difficult day and need to talk to someone about your loss you can call the following support number anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The following websites contain helpful information for families after a pregnancy or infant loss. You are not alone and others are there to offer support during this time.  

Veterans Resources

Courage Beyond at Centerstone
Real Warriors

Veterans can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press "1" to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline.
       
Veterans in emotional distress can chat live with a crisis counselor and get help
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Veterans

Resources for returning active duty, National Guard and Reserves, veterans, and their families

Veterans can send a text message to 838255 to connect to a VA responder now.

Vets4Warriors peer-to-peer counseling program is open to all members and veterans of the National Guard and military reserves. The toll-free hot line is 1-855-VET-TALK

US Department of Veteran Affairs - National Center for PTSD

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration - Veteran Resources

Getting Through Tough Economic Times

Each of us is affected differently by economic troubles.

Click on the link below to access practical advice on how to deal with the effects financial difficulties can have on your physical and mental health, information on managing stress and getting help for yourself or someone you care about.

http://www.samhsa.gov/economy/