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Feb. 3 Event – A Community Response to Mental Health Crisis: From CAHOOTS to Nashville HEALS

January 31, 2022

The Behavioral Health Foundation and Nashville Organized for Action and Hope (NOAH) proudly present “A Community Response to Mental Health Crisis: From CAHOOTS to Nashville HEALS.” Please join us Thursday, February 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. (CT) for this free educational webinar.

CAHOOTS in Eugene, Oregon, is a nationally recognized community responder program where mental health crisis workers and medics respond to 911 calls instead of law enforcement. CAHOOTS teams intervene and make referrals to health and social services without the uniforms, sirens, and handcuffs that can increase distress for people in crisis.

$113 Million in New Funding Proposed for Mental Health and Addiction Services in Tennessee

November 1, 2021

NASHVILLE – On the first day of November 2021, Commissioner Marie Williams from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) and Director Stephen Smith from the Bureau of TennCare presented budget proposals for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 to Governor Bill Lee and team at the State Capitol. Across both budget proposals (scroll down for the links), the clear winner was the mental health and well-being of Tennesseans with more than $110 million in new funding proposed related to behavioral health needs.

Register Now for Our FREE June 24th Event on Deflection & Pre-Arrest Diversion

June 15, 2021

The Behavioral Health Foundation proudly presents a free interactive Zoom event: “Moving from Diversion to Deflection to Co-Responder and Beyond.” Learn from leading international and regional experts about the exciting field of deflection and pre-arrest diversion. Please join us Thursday, June 24, at 10:00 a.m. (CT) for a one-hour presentation followed by an interactive Q&A, featuring worldwide-renowned speaker Jac Charlier (PTACC & TASC CHJ), special guest Judge Dan Eisenstein (TN Diversion Coalition), and host Elliot Pinsly (Behavioral Health Foundation).

Behavioral Health Foundation CEO Wins Major National Award

June 9, 2021

Elliot Pinsly, President & CEO of the Behavioral Health Foundation, will be accepting the 2021 George Goodman Brudney and Ruth P. Brudney Social Work Award from Mental Health America (MHA) at their annual conference in Washington, DC, on June 11, 2021. This major national honor recognizes significant contributions made to improve the care and treatment of people with lived mental health experience.