Web video series captures stories of community-based change agents
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services today premiered its One Team|One Vision video profiles featuring the stories of people across the state who are working at the community level to improve the lives of Tennesseans affected by substance use disorder.
Watch the videos at this link: TN.gov/behavioral-health/oneteam
The people profiled in the 21 videos include individuals working in several different programs:
Care Teams: Partner with law enforcement to meet with people and families after an overdose
Faith-Based Community Coordinators: Empower congregations to impact addiction among their members and in their communities
Lifeline Peer Project: Increase recovery supports and connect people with treatment resources
Regional Overdose Prevention Specialists: Overdose reversal training & naloxone distribution
Tennessee Recovery Navigators: Meet people in emergency departments after an overdose
“When you watch these videos, what’s truly inspiring is the passion and commitment that our team brings to this life-saving work,” said TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams, LCSW. “Many of the people employed by these programs have personally lived through addiction and are now living lives in recovery. No matter how they came to the role, each person brings a devotion to the cause of helping others find recovery and improving communities.”
The individuals with personal history in addiction and recovery are certified to use their past to impact and help others through the state’s Certified Peer Recovery Specialist program.
Interviews for this project were recorded in June at the department’s first-ever One Team|One Vision conference where more than 80 community professionals from across the state gathered to learn new information, share experiences, and increase coordination and collaboration across programs.