TDMHSAS Expands Mental Health Interventions for Youth and Young Adults

NASHVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) is expanding OnTrack TN, Tennessee’s first episode psychosis initiative to three new counties. Funding for this expansion comes from federal grants to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OnTrack TN works with young people and young adults aged 15-30 who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. This comprehensive intervention model uses a team of mental health and support services professionals, with a focus on helping people work towards recovery and achieving their personal goals.

New locations for OnTrack TN are Montgomery County, served by Mental Health Cooperative, Anderson County, served by Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services, and Rutherford County, served by voluntary behavioral health care services. These districts were selected for expansion based on a review of TDMHSAS mobile crisis data which showed a large number of face-to-face crisis assessments for ages 10-24 years in these districts.

We know that young people are hardest hit by the pandemic’s mental health effects. Data collected over the past year shows higher rates of symptoms of anxiety or depression, a higher prevalence of suicidal thoughts, and an increase in psychotic symptoms among young adults,” said TDMHSAS Commissioner Mary Williams, LCSW. “We are very grateful to our community partners who come forward to do this work, We deeply appreciate our federal partners, Governor Bill Lee, and the Tennessee General Assembly who support this program and many others to meet the behavioral health needs of Tennessee.”

Started in 2015 with federal funding through the Mental Health Block Grant, OnTrack TN started in northwest Tennessee with a Carey Counselling Center that established one of the country’s rural first episode psychosis initiative sites. The program is also currently offered in Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Shelby counties.

Learn more about the OnTrack TN program at this link on TN.gov.

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