Front row, from left: Niki Payne, Recovery Coordinator; Glen Sayes, SAS Director. Back row, from left: Ryan Henry, Senior Recovery Coordinator; Bill Gibson, Power of Putnam; Luke Eldridge, Recovery Services Manager; and, James Gribble, Recovery Coordinator.

Substance Abuse Solutions (SAS) works with the individuals from entry into the program to stability in life.  SAS will work with an individual up to two years while in the program to help them get their life back from what substance abuse stole from them.

Our goal is to be able to give someone hope, encouragement, direction, and a sense of belonging and acceptance.  When enrolled, individuals will obtain a Peer Recovery Coordinator to guide them through the process and get them back on their feet so they can get out of the grasp of substance abuse.

In mid-2020, SAS entered into a partnership with the City of Cookeville to provide resources to individuals in need. This pilot program provides on-call service for Cookeville police officers 24/7 and assists individuals with housing, mental health services, substance use disorders, and other needs.

Since the program’s official launch in June 2020, the SAS team has worked with more than 350 individuals; connecting at least four with a group home/halfway house program and assisting another 20 individuals with enrolling in a treatment program.

“The City of Cookeville is pleased to be currently working with the UCHRA’s SAS program. Through this partnership, we are able to facilitate access to resources for individuals in need, including the homeless and citizens in need of various social services. The provision of these resources and services has been particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic and the related economic downturn. The SAS staff have worked closely alongside the Cookeville Police Department and other city staff to provide access to vital services to those most in need of assistance.”

James Mills, City Manager, City of Cookeville

“In September of 2020, the City entered into an agreement for services with the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s Substance Abuse Solutions program to establish a social work and police partnership (SWAPP). Through this agreement, UCHRA was able to hire an additional employee whose primary responsibility is to reach those in need of social services; this includes housing support, counseling, and medical/mental health care. The [Cookeville] City Council supports renewing the agreement for another year.” 

Ricky Shelton, Cookeville Mayor, City of Cookeville

Client Success Stories

Special thanks to our community partners! 

We Connect Clients To:

  • Long-term treatment programs

  • Detox

  • In patient/out patient treatment

  • Long-term faith based treatment

  • Securing Employment

  • Finding Housing

  • Food

  • Clothing

  • Transportation

  • Counseling

  • Mental Health

  • Physical Health

  • Social and Spiritual Support

  • Legal Aid

  • Getting FUN back into their life

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For more information on this program, contact the Substance Abuse Solutions Director at 931-528-1127