Tennessee Receives Substantial Grant

August 26th, 2011 · 3:47 pm @ J. Marshall Hughes  -  No Comments

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health has received an $8.3 million federal grant to better identify and treat patients with substance abuse issues. The grant was part of $137 million in funding toward prevention efforts announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The state will partner with two medical residency programs, Meharry Medical College and East Tennessee State University, on the initiative.

Patients will be screened for other disorders that occur along with substance abuse problems. Other goals are to identify patients who are at risk, provide brief interventions, give access to intensive treatment options and increase communication between primary caregivers and substance abuse providers on patient cases.

Tennessee was one of nine states to receive funding over a five-year period for screening, brief intervention, referral and treatment programs.

— Tom Wilemon, The Tennessean

From: The Tennessean

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