Important Links will connect you to key agencies and resources in the prevention field to learn about the most current areas of focus. The links below will navigate you to the key agencies homepage.
- DSAS: Prevention Services
The Tennessee Division of Substance Abuse Services’ responsibilities include planning, developing, administering, and evaluating a statewide system of substance use, abuse, and addiction services for the general public, persons at risk for substance abuse, and persons abusing substances. These responsibilities are carried out through partnering with other government agencies, community organizations, and advocacy groups. Treatment and prevention services are provided by community based agencies through individual contracts.
- Video: Take Only As Directed
Prescription Drug Abuse in Tennessee. Abuse of prescription opioids (pain relievers) is the number one drug problem for Tennesseans receiving state-funded substance abuse treatment services. The complexity and impact of prescription drug abuse make a collaborative response to this issue essential. A multi-agency collaborative initiative to address prescription drug abuse is being coordinated by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Department of Health, in conjunction with Safety Subcabinet Working Group convened by the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. Other partner agencies are the Departments of Children’s Services, Correction, and Military; the Board of Probation and Parole; the Governor’s Highway Safety Office (Department of Transportation); Law Enforcement Training Academy (Department of Commerce and Insurance) and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
- Tennessee Prevention Specialist Exam Prep
The guidebook to the certification exam and the ten online training sessions has been developed by EMT Associates, Inc. under contract with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. The purpose of these instructional materials is to strengthen the Tennessee substance abuse prevention workforce by supporting preparation for successfully taking the IC&RC Prevention Specialists Exam.
- Tennessee DataMart
The purpose of this site is to make data more accessible to enable better decision making. Our intent is that counties and prevention staff throughout Tennessee will be able to access comprehensive data to inform their decisions and bring about a more cost-effective utilization of resources in the prevention of substance abuse.
- SAMHSA: Prevention
Creating communities where individuals, families, schools, faith-based organizations, and workplaces take action to promote emotional health and reduce the likelihood of mental illness, substance abuse including tobacco, and suicide. This Initiative will include a focus on the Nation’s high-risk youth, youth in Tribal communities, and military families.
- CDC: Adolescent and School Health
Establishing healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors during adulthood. Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of young people and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns.
- Office of Safe and Supportive Schools
The Office of Safe & Supportive Schools was established to assist Tennessee schools in their efforts to provide and maintain a safe and supportive learning environment. A particular focus is placed upon fostering partnerships between schools and the communities they serve.
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
OJJDP, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system’s efforts to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide services that address the needs of youth and their families. Through its components, OJJDP sponsors research, program, and training initiatives; develops priorities and goals and sets policies to guide federal juvenile justice issues; disseminates information about juvenile justice issues; and awards funds to states to support local programming.