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Become a Certified Faith-Based Community Organization

Faith-based organizations can play a key role in providing a person who struggles with addiction with motivation to get clean and support while going through the process of recovery. An active and engaged faith-based community has proven to have a positive impact on a person’s recovery. The TN Department of Mental Health has a formal certification program available to organizations who want to reach out to those in their community in the grips of substance abuse disorder. The organization’s leadership will be trained in areas such as: how to better provide spiritual support, outreach to the community, sharing recovery information and how to host a recovery support groups. Organizations that successfully complete the certification process are added to the statewide recovery support network. This aids those in recovery seeking a support network by making the organization easier to find.

Grant funding is available to faith-based initiatives through the government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

How can I do that?
Download and fill out the TN Department of Mental Health’s Faith Based Questionnaire and send it to:

Monty Burks
Director of Special Projects                                                                                           
Dept. of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Phone: (615) 770-1783
Email: Monty.Burks@tn.gov

Visit the Faith-Based Initiatives home page to learn more about other ways to get involved.