The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services was awarded $10 million dollars over the course of five years to implement Project Rural Recovery. Funding was secured through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care grant. Funds were recently received through the American Rescue Plan Act to implement two additional mobile health units, expanding mobile health services to 20 rural counties. Project Rural Recovery provides mental health, substance use, and physical health services and linkages to support services in 20 rural counties using four mobile health clinics. By removing access-related challenges, this mobile, integrated model of care helps to improve health outcomes for up to ten patients per day per mobile health clinic. During this webcast, we will provide information about the services provided, where they are located, eligibility, and how to access services.

Presenter Bios:
Darren Layman currently serves as the Project Rural Recovery Director for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Project Rural Recovery is a federally-funded project that provides integrated, mobile healthcare to rural Tennesseans. In this role he is responsible for program administration and oversight.

Jessica Youngblom is a Licensed Master Social Worker who currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. In this capacity she oversees several projects including the Tennessee Recovery Navigators, Project Rural Recovery, ED Boarding Protocol Recommendations along with several others, all with the goal of finding new and innovative ways to serve Tennesseans who are most in need when it comes to Mental Health and Substance Use Services.