Counseling, Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention, Depression, and Economic Assistance


Drug/Alcohol Abuse, Mental Health, Veteran, Economic Resources

Drug and/or alcohol abuse can affect one's physical and emotional health as well as social life and everyday living. Long-term abuse can destroy a healthy body and mind. This Center has a drug-free policy and a prevention program to assist students and staff members who have problems with alcohol or drug abuse. Student Services personnel are available to assist and make referrals to appropriate agencies, which assist persons with this problem. Every effort will be made to respond effectively to the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs by the Center's population. The Tennessee Technology Center of Nashville expects all students and staff members to comply with the rules and local and state laws relating to alcoholic beverages and drugs. The Omnibus Drug Initiative Act of 1988 requires that all grantees receiving grants from a federal agency certify that they will maintain a drug-free workplace (this includes schools receiving campus-based appropriations).


All students, faculty, and staff of the Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville are strictly prohibited from participating in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance in the Tennessee Technology Center at Nashville’s training place. Each student must notify the Financial Aid Officer of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the training school no more than five days after such conviction. Violation of this rule, which results in a criminal conviction, will force one of the following actions against said student: a written warning, probation, and/or termination following established Tennessee Board of Regents guidelines for disciplinary actions. TTCN will impose sanctions on students and employees for violations of the standards of conduct (consistent with local, state, and federal law). These sanctions may include expulsion, termination of employment, and referral for prosecution.

Drug and Alcohol Counseling, Treatment, & Rehabilitation Assistance

The document is presented as an educational and informational resource. It is not designed to provide services for persons in crisis or in need of mental health services. For immediate emergency assistance call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

Crisis Resources

Persons in crisis should call the Mobile Crisis line at (615) 726-0125, or the Crisis Center at (615) 244-7444, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). If the crisis is life threatening, dial 911.

Screening and Referral for Substance Use/Abuse and Mental Health Issues

Full time professional counselors are available Monday through Friday, at Lentz Public Health Center, 311 23rd Avenue North, Room 211 to conduct assessments and make referrals to local counseling agencies for persons age 13 and older needing Substance Abuse or Mental Health services. There is no charge for these services.

Call (615) 340-2172 for more information and to make an appointment. Walk-in clients will be seen as time permits. Community agencies may call during business hours to schedule an appointment for a client to be screened in our office.


The Behavioral Health Services staff is comprised of professional, qualified, and dedicated individuals with experience and training in the behavioral health fields.

Program Philosophy

Addiction to any substance or behavior is a primary condition that is characterized by a specific set of symptoms and predictable outcomes, which include but are not limited to, continuing use or behaviors in spite of negative consequences and the need for increased use or behaviors in order to experience the same effect.

Addiction to substances and /or behaviors affects not only the individual but the family and concerned persons in the life of the addicted individual. It affects the individual physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Additionally, addiction meets the criteria as a disease and should be treated as such.


Mental Illness is a treatable condition which, if addressed, enables the individual to lead a normal and productive life. An important aspect of mental health services is to eliminate stigma and to provide ongoing support to individuals and families affected by this illness. There is hope in recovery from both addictive and mental disorders. Some individuals may have co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders. These disorders often require medication management for stabilization and maintenance, which can enhance the recovery process.

Screening, Referral and Follow-up

The mission of this program is to provide non-emergent substance abuse and mental health screening, recommendation, and referral to adults and adolescents in Davidson County. The Staff will cooperate and coordinate with community agencies to ensure appropriate services are available.

Screenings are conducted at the Lentz Public Health Center in room 211. In addition to the general adult and adolescent populations, the program has team members who are trained in geriatric issues.

Team members will assist clients in navigating through the behavioral health system to facilitate timely access. Additionally, team members will assess life areas in which the client may have additional needs and make appropriate referrals to wrap-around services when indicated.

Group Accountability Program - GAP

The Group Accountability Program (GAP) is a series of sessions designed to educate clients by increasing their understanding of addiction and related issues. The GAP sessions emphasize healthy lifestyle changes and attention to mental well-being. Some clients may participate in GAP sessions while awaiting admission into either an outpatient or inpatient treatment setting.

Mental Health Screenings & Alcohol and Drug Screening

Community Agency and Program Links

The Parents Toll-Free Helpline, 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373) TennCare Advocacy Program Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee (MHAMT) NAMI-TN Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Tennessee Voices for Children Alcohol and Drug Council of Middle Tennessee Alzheimer’s Association Council on Aging Eating Disorders Coalition-Middle Tennessee Behavioral Safety Net of Tennessee

Veterans Resources Real Warriors   The Veterans Crisis Line  

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline and online chat.

Veterans and their families and friends can call 1-800-273-8255and Press 1, chat online , or send a text message to 838255to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Learn more about the Veterans Crisis Line and what VA is doing to help Veterans who face serious challenges or may be at risk of suicide.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans can call the Lifeline number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press "1" to be routed to the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline. Veterans in emotional distress can chat live with a crisis counselor and get help

Resources for returning active duty, National Guard and Reserves, veterans, and their families

US Department of Veteran Affairs - National Center for PTSD

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration - Veteran Resources

Getting Through Tough Economic Times

Each of us is affected differently by economic troubles.

Click on the link below to access practical advice on how to deal with the effects financial difficulties can have on your physical and mental health, information on managing stress and getting help for yourself or someone you care about.


Employee Assistance Program for TN State Employees only -