Tennessee Recovery Navigators are people in long-term recovery who can serve as an access point to treatment and recovery resources.
Navigators must maintain a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Certification in order to use his/her lived experience to help others find recovery. Their responsibility is first and foremost to meet patients who have recently overdosed in the emergency department and connect them with the substance abuse treatment and recovery services they need.
Navigators follow-up at two different points after they interact with a patient at the hospital.
- 72 hours after the hospital interaction
- 30 days after the hospital interaction
The Navigator will be broadly assessing the patient’s condition and offering community and treatment support in the event that the patient is interested in additional resources beyond what they first requested in the Emergency Department.View TDMHSAS website to see which hospitals are currently receiving Navigator services.