Regional Advocacy Program

The Regional Advocacy Program was initiated in 1998 to formalize TMHCA’s traditional role in helping consumers advocate for services, supports and consumer rights. Trained advocates assisted consumers in the community and operate a state-wide advocacy telephone hotline. Advocates participate in state and regional mental health councils and agency advisory boards to bring the consumer voice into decision-making. Advocates train other consumers in self-advocacy and system change methods. Each year TMHCA Advocates also sponsor several legislative trainings and a state-wide consumer conference.

If you or someone you know needs an Advocate call Toll Free 1-888-539-0393 or contact the advocate for your region below.

Advocacy Program Map

West TN ADvocate
Regions 6-7

Dan Hamer, MSSW, TCPS
319 Vann Drive, Suite L2
Jackson, TN 38305

dhamer@tmhca-tn.org
Middle TN ADvocate
Regions 4-5

Libby Byler MFA, TCPS
955 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37206

lbyler@tmhca-tn.org
East TN Advocate
Regions 1-3

Ken Barton, BA
Knoxville, TN 37601

kbarton@tmhca-tn.org