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TENNESSEE AWARDED $6 MILLION TO AID CHILDREN & FAMILIES

FEDERAL GRANTS WILL HELP YOUTHS AT RISK OF BEING REMOVED FROM THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF PARENT/CARETAKER SUBSTANCE ABUSE 

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) has been awarded two grants totaling $6 million by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The larger grant -- totaling $1 million per year for five years -- is a Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) that will allow the TDMHSAS to establish and implement the Therapeutic Intervention, Education, and Skills (TIES) program for children age 17 and younger who are either in or at risk of out-of-home placement due to parent/caretaker substance abuse. The TIES program will create a collection of outreach, treatment, education, counseling, and supportive services for children and families affected by substance abuse and trauma. It will be operated in conjunction with the Seeking Safety curriculum for victims of trauma and the evidence-based Homebuilders model, which is an intensive, in-home crisis program that has already been used successfully around the nation to help keep children in their homes. Already, the TDMHSAS is training all of its funded providers of substance abuse treatment on the Seeking Safety curriculum. 

The TIES program is expected to serve 500 ethnically and culturally diverse families in eight urban and rural Middle Tennessee counties including Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Davidson, Marshall, Maury, Rutherford, and Warren to help bridge a significant gap in locally available family treatment services. In 2011, parent/caretaker substance abuse issues were a primary factor in more than half of all out-of-home placements in these counties, with prescription drug abuse being considered an epidemic in most of them. 

The TDMHSAS was one of just 17 organizations to receive the RPG funding in what was described as an extremely competitive process. The grant is a partnership among TDMHSAS; the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services (TDCS); Centerstone, the area’s primary behavioral health treatment provider; and the Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a nonprofit research and evaluation organization. 

For details about ACF and its grant opportunities, please see www.acf.hhs.gov. For details about Centerstone, please see www.centerstone.org. For details about CRI, please see www.centerstoneresearch.org.

For more information about either of these grants, please contact Dr. Edwina Chappell of the TDMHSAS at (615) 741-9476 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .