Since the shooting death of a Belmont University freshman in the fall, lawmakers have been re-thinking Tennessee’s laws around involuntary commitment and access to firearms.
Tennessee ranks in the bottom five states for psychiatric bed space, according to a new report by the Treatment Advocacy Center.
In a rare show of bipartisanship, Tennessee’s statehouse and Nashville’s city hall are pushing for a change to state law that would make it easier to detain people who are deemed a threat to themselves or others. But experts say that could leave the criminal justice system’s most vulnerable at greater risk.
When Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee called for a special session on public safety, he left out a chance for any gun reform legislation to be passed. With that off the table, Republican lawmakers focused on bills related to mental health and juvenile sentencing. Now, session is over, and many feel not enough was done.
The special session focused on public safety is officially happening. It’s set to begin Aug. 21 — as expected. Gov. Bill Lee is asking lawmakers to focus on preventing violent crime, but Democrats say it misses the mark.
Firefighters are exposed to traumatic events throughout their career, making them more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. In Tennessee, that disorder isn’t considered work-related, which means firefighters’ workers compensation is unlikely to cover it. A new law can help.
There are about 100 emergency calls each week in Davidson County where an ambulance responds unnecessarily. These are typically mental health calls in which people wind up in an emergency room, when they could have been connected with a counselor instead.
Student mental health worsened during the pandemic. Now Middle Tennessee schools are working to support students still battling with things like depression and self-harm.
The state’s agency overseeing substance abuse is finding the drug-checking kits are more effective than expected.
A new horticulture therapy program at UT is helping veterans destress through gardening.