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TDMHSAS Receives New Award to Assist In Physician Recruitment

Funding available to help recruit medical professionals to state service
Monday, May 18, 2020 | 03:03pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) has been awarded $200,000 to recruit physicians to the state’s four Regional Mental Health Institutes.

The funding is from the Tennessee Center for Health Workforce Development (TCWD), a subsidiary of the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA), and it can be used to recruit psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners at state hospitals in Bolivar, Chattanooga, Memphis, and Nashville.  Approved uses of the funding include sign-on bonuses, relocation expenses, and student loan repayment assistance.

“Recruiting physicians, especially psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners, is a challenge for all health care organizations.  This funding makes the prospect of employment with TDMHSAS that much more attractive and will help us to recruit top talent to treat the Tennesseans in our care,” said TDMHSAS Commissioner Marie Williams, LCSW.  “We are grateful to the TCWD and the Tennessee Hospital Association for their support in this area and their continued partnership in improving outcomes for Tennesseans living with mental health and substance abuse issues.”

“The mission of TCWD is to make care accessible for all Tennesseans and we are pleased to award funds to these organizations that are caring for the mental health of our communities,” said Bill Jolley, THA Senior Vice President, Rural Health Issues. “We partner with hospitals, community health centers and others to ensure access to care across the state. Our hope is that these additional funds will help TDMHSAS recruit practitioners to help our communities when they need it most.”

Physicians interested in exploring employment with TDMHSAS can learn more at this link:

More information about the TCWD can be found at this link:


About the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Our Mission: Creating collaborative pathways to resiliency, recovery, and independence for Tennesseans living with mental illness and substance use disorders.

Our Vision: A state of resiliency, recovery, and independence in which Tennesseans living with mental illness and substance use disorders thrive.