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Program Contact


Every Saturday

10 AM- 12 PM


2131 26 Avenue N Nashville, TN, 37208 and Zoom


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Education, Creating New Worlds, Activism Path, Mental Health Crisis  Response    

Mental Health

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Mental illness is not a crime. Yet far too many individuals receive their first diagnosis of mental illness in jail or prison — a result of stigma, discrimination, racism, as well as the persistent and systemic failure of the United States healthcare system to provide affordable, accessible, community-based mental health care.


The Need in Nashville

Police shooting people with mental health needs 

Police shooting and murdering people with mental health needs 

Partners in Care

(Corresponding Model Between Mental Health Cooperative and Metro Nashville Police Department) 

 In June 2021, Metro Nashville launched Partners in Care, to place mental health clinicians in police cars with Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) officers in two precincts – North and Hermitage. The purpose of this pilot is to connect individuals to health care and services while ensuring the safety and well-being of community members, police officers, emergency medical responders, and clinicians. Once the Partners in Care team is called to the scene, MNPD officers stabilize the situation so that clinicians from the Mental Health Cooperative can assess the individuals and connect them to the behavioral health care they need.

Total (Q1-Q4): 1344 calls; 55 arrests; 15 injuries  

The program expanded to the Central Precinct on May 15, 2022 (Q4) 


Q4 Data - We are currently looking for this data. If you find it, please email to share it with us. 

DECRIMINALIZING MENTAL ILLNESS - Abolition in Mental Health Training 

This is why we are working to create a mental health response that does not criminalize people for being unwell.

Every month, our team provides an introductory  Abolition in Mental Health training. 


Next Date: Dec 15, 2022, from 6-8 PM on Zoom


Join our team!

Since August 13, 2022, we've been coming together as a community every Saturday (in-person and over zoom).

Join BMHA Nashville and NCCR for our Abolition in Mental Health Program. We will be talking about and working together to create a community-based response to mental health concerns and crises that don’t involve the police, the criminal justice system, or other punitive or coercive institutions. 

We invite people who have had experiences with our current mental health system to join this conversation. We also welcome therapists, social workers, nurses, mental health techs, doctors, and other mental health providers to join this conversation so we can collectively imagine alternatives to the systems that currently exist. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at 


If you are interested in joining us, please sign-up below. Note: This space is not for police or other law enforcement agents. 

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