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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

CEH’S  15

No Lunch provided

Register Here on Eventbrite

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

BRIDGES Training in Memphis August 25-29

BRIDGES LOGOBRIDGES Teacher Training (Building Recovery of Individual Dreams & Goals through Education & Support ) is a self-help program that provides education and support to mental health consumers. It is available to adults who have a diagnosis of mental illness. Classes include discussions and exercises to help students apply the information.

TMHCA is offering a Free five day BRIDGES Teacher/ Facilitator Training to equip persons to Teach Classes and Facilitate support groups.

BRIDGES support group meetings provide a structured way for individuals to work with one another to strengthen coping skills and deal with the realities of living with a psychiatric disability.

Training Dates: August 25-29, 2014

Location: La Quinta Inn, 2839 New Brunswick Road, Memphis

Continuing Education Hours: 40 CEH

No Lunch Provided

Register Here on Eventbrite

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

Family WRAP Presented by Copeland Center and TMHCA July 29-31, 2014


TMHCA & The Copeland Center are proud to announce this very exciting upcoming training.  The training is “Family WRAP” and is a collaborative effort between the Copeland Center and Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association.

FAMILY WRAP TRAINING LOCATION:   Mental Health Cooperative, Large Conference Room, 275 Cumberland Bend Drive, Nashville, TN

DATE: July 29 thru July 31, 2014

TIME: 9am -5pm

Open Link for Details       Family WRAP


If you have specific questions, please contact Dan Hamer  731-234 2194 or email at


TMHCA Offers a Free WRAP II Facilitator Training – Knoxville

A team in training

TMHCA is offering a Free WRAP Facilitator (WRAP II) Training Consisting of 5 intensive days of workshops.

Location: Horizons Peer Center, 11 Joel Lane, Oak Ridge, TN. 37830

Date:  June 2-6, 2014

Time: 9:00-4:00 CST.

All participants will need to have completed their own WRAP before attending the course

Details:  WRAP II Facilitator Training Knox details

WRAP 2 Course Registration Form Knoxville

Information: Dan Hamer or   Call Dan Hamer at 731 234 2194




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