Consumer Advisory Board (CAB)


The mission of the Consumer Advisory Board is to voice an informed perspective on policy and planning issues that impacts the recovery, resiliency, and rights of persons with mental illness and substance use disorder.  The Consumer Advisory Board serves to advise the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. 

Why do we have  a Consumer Advisory Board?

In 1986, Congress passed the Protection and Advocacy for Mentally Ill Individuals Act, making it so that protection and advocacy agencies have consumer advisory boards with at least half of the members as mental health consumers or family members. In 2003, the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health report made it important to have consumers as leaders in planning and looking over mental health service systems. The Consumer Advisory Board has been a voice for recovery in Tennessee since 1994.

What are the roles of the Consumer Advisory Board?

     1. To advise the director of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Peer Recovery Services by:

           - Gathering information from peers statewide on topics of concern

           - Providing input to TDMHSAS with a yearly report; and,

           - Developing guiding papers on peer issues

     2. To represent peers on the Departmental Planning and Policy Council and each of the seven
         regional councils by:

           - Making known to the councils issues of concern to peers

           - Coming up with possible solutions to any problems

           - Ensuring that peers have a place and voice on the Planning Councils

Download the Consumer Advisory Board Bylaws for more information.

When does the Consumer Advisory Board Meet?

The Consumer Advisory Board meets on a conference call on the first Friday of each month from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. CST. The conference call is open to the public.

The call-in numbers are: 844-610-7500 or 615-253-0706.





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