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The Tennessee Mental Health Consumers' Association is Tennessee’s only statewide consumer owned and operated organization with a board of directors and staff composed entirely of individuals with a mental illness. It is an organization that understands and lives the concept of peer-support.

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Now Hiring: Director of Administrative Services


SUMMARY:   The TMHCA Director of Administrative Services must lead and inspire others, ensure the fair and equitable delivery of policies and practices, and encourage training and the development of the agency workforce. The Director of Administrative Services reports to the Senior Vice President, and must work effectively in a team environment. Some key Responsibilities will include but are not limited to responsibilities of a human resource generalist and an administrative assistant to the Senior Vice President, and supervision over the assigned administrative team of TMHCA.

EDUCATION: Human Resource degree preferred. Work experience may be substituted for education. Minimum of 2 years successfully working in the mental health field or for a non-profit that provides mental health, disability, or homeless services. Supervisory, managerial and administrative experience is necessary.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS: Office setting, with local, state and national travel required.


 Must have a minimum of 2 years supervisory experience preferred.

  • Must be a mental health consumer

-      A mental health consumer is someone who has received treatment for a psychiatric illness as diagnosed by the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV or current revision).

  • Must be a self-starter, able to work independently with little direct supervision.
  • Must have good organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and respectfully with mental health consumers.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, good telephone etiquette, and computer skills (Windows based, Microsoft Office Programs, databases, etc.).
  • Be willing to monitor staff and use TMHCA’s electronic record keeping system for data collection and required reports.
  • Have a general understanding of the state mental health funding system and audit processes.
  • Excellent conflict resolution and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and public presentation skills.
  • Understanding of Mental Health issues, trends, concerns, and activities.
  • Ability to network and reach out to work with diverse groups, individuals, ideas and opinions.
  • Must be able to motivate and uphold TMHCA’s vision and mission with flexibility in dealing with changing conditions.
  • Demonstrated self-confidence and sound judgment sufficient to handle challenges.
  • Must have skills and be proficient with the techniques, concepts and principals to maintain and role model personal recovery.
    • Must have experience in the areas of fiscal administration; planning, not for profit organizations; and human resource development.
    • Must have experience in personnel management covering all aspects of employment – including but not limited to selection & recruiting, compensation & benefits, employee supervision, skill development, etc.
    • Have an understanding of Mental Health issues, trends, concerns, and activities.
    • Have an understanding of budget processes and financial management.
    • Must have an ability to reach out and work with diverse groups, individuals, ideas and opinions within and outside the agency.
    • Must have vision, zeal, be decisive, confidential, ethical, and flexibility in dealing with ever-changing conditions.
    • Must have demonstrated confidentiality; self-confidence; and sound judgment sufficient to handle challenges of a not for profit agency.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and coordinate active outreach/volunteer programs.

Applicant must also meet but not limited to the following criteria:

  • Be available to work from 8am-5pm (60 minute lunch and 2 fifteen minute breaks)
  • A valid TN driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance
  • Strong confidential agency minded skills a must
  • Must have strong verbal and written communication skills, good telephone etiquette, and computer skills (Windows based, Microsoft Office Programs, and databases, etc.)
  • Be able to engage in educational outreach to stakeholder groups and the general public
  • Have a general understanding of the state mental health funding system and audit processes
  • Meet and agree to all the following environmental conditions: work in an office setting, with local, state and national travel required. Some night and weekend work hours required
  • Clean Criminal history

Education and Experience considered when determining base pay. Benefits include 12 sick and 12 annual days yearly and TMHCA offers health insurance. TMHCA pays 100% percent of the employee’s insurance premium and the employee is responsible for all co-pays and deductibles. TMHCA pays a minimum life insurance policy with additional payroll deduction coverage available. Employees are eligible for 401K plan after six months of employment.

Please fax resumes to the Senior Vice President at (615) 810-9451 or email Attention: Stacey Murphy. Open Until Filled.

TMHCA’s Dan Hamer Attends Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator’s Refresher Training

Dan Hamer in the front far right

TMHCA’s West Tennessee Regional Advocate, Dan Hamer (pictured in the front far right), has just returned from The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery’s Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator’s refresher training. He had the honor of being trained by The Copeland Center’s Executive Director, Matthew Federici and Rona McBrierty also of the Copeland Center. According to Dan, it was an awesome training and he is doubly excited to be part of a new direction that the program is taking by focusing on “I” statements and intentionality.

Becoming an Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator was always a dream for Dan. His dream came to fruition in 2012 when Dan was accepted and attended his initial Advanced Level WRAP® Facilitator class in Texas. When asked about WRAP® Dan is quick to tell you that it has changed his life in many ways. “My life has gone from being emotionally stable to WELL.” This has occurred since he has been teaching and implementing his own WRAP® over the last seven years. If there is one message that Dan would like to leave people with it is that dreams do come true!

Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association Joins Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations

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 NASHVILLE – On July 1, 2014 Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association (TMHCA) was welcomed as an affiliate member of Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO).TMHCA is looking forward to being an active member of Tennessee’s mental health trade organization. The partnership will serve to enhance both organizations.

Jennifer Jones, Vice President of Public Policy and Public Relations of TMHCA stated, “This affiliation gives the mental health consumers of Tennessee an even stronger collective voice in their own recovery.” She further commented that, “This alliance will benefit all involved. I see this as another step forward in recovery for the members that we serve.”

For more information about TAMHO please visit their website at:


Governor Haslam Receives A Thank You From The Mental Health Community


NASHVILLE – On June 12, 2014 Jennifer Jones and Stacey Murphy of Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association (TMHCA) presented Governor Bill Haslam with thank you cards signed by over 100 mental health consumers from throughout the state. The cards represented appreciation for the reinstatement of mental health peer support center funding for the coming fiscal year. At the meeting the Governor expressed his gratitude upon receiving the cards and stated that he would read all of them himself since the mental health community cared enough to thank him.

Jennifer Jones, Vice President of Public Policy and Public Relations for TMHCA said, “I am pleased that Governor Haslam understands and cares about the needs of the mental health consumers in the state. I personally want to thank him for the continued funding for peer support centers and encourage Governor Haslam to designate the funding as recurring for future years.”

During the last budget season funding for mental health peer support centers was not included in the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) because of a mandatory 5% cut per department. Grass roots advocacy efforts throughout the state led Governor Haslam to restore peer support center funding.

There are 45 peer support centers throughout the state that impact the lives of approximately 3,000 mental health consumers a month. These centers also serve veterans that have returned from combat. The centers employ about 150 individuals that also experience mental health issues such as bipolar, major depression and PTSD.

Peer support centers were established in 1989 the first being Friend’s Helping Friends in Nashville, TN. Since that time they have grown to be a touchstone in many people’s lives by providing support, education, advocacy and family of choice for the participants in each program. The struggle to keep the peer centers open has been occurring for many years due to the poor economy and annual budget cuts. The mental health community has dedicated its efforts to keep the doors open at each of the 45 centers across the state as they are a vital part of the participants’ wellness and recovery.

Peer Counseling Training -Knoxville July 30-31, 2014

Peer CounselingPeer Counseling Training teaches persons with a mental illness the use of active listening and problem solving skills to help peers.  Peer counseling training is based on the concept that people  generally are capable of solving most of their own problems of daily living.

The role of a peer counselor is not to solve problems. Instead , peer counselors learn a structured procedure to help the person generate solutions to their own problems. Peer to Peer Counseling generates a bond and trust.  The peer counselor creates a safe context for the free expression of  emotions, and helps the person move toward clarity and resolution.

Dates: July 30-31, 2014

Time: 9am-4pm each day (Central Time)

Location: Cherokee Health Systems, 2018 Western Avenue, Knoxville

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No Lunch provided

Register Here on Eventbrite

For More Information: Contact Karen Brasher at (423) 775-3206 or   


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