NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 29, 2016) – Nashville’s 53rd Annual State of Metro Address is today, and though details surrounding the speech are scarce, we do know there’s a good chance Mayor Megan Barry may touch on increasing access to mental healthcare in the city.


Back in March, Dr. Bill Paul and the Metro Health Department presented a public information plan focused on reducing criminalization of mental illness through increasing services.


In addition, Mayor Barry’s office is currently in the process of designing the new Criminal Justice Center that will be at the location of the current facility downtown. Vertava Health corresponded with the Mayor’s Office yesterday, and we know she has asked the Department of General Services, which oversees the facility, to work with the Sheriff’s Office and other stakeholders in the design of the facility to promote qualities such as restorative justice and mental health treatment.




The address comes less that 2 weeks after Mayor Barry joined Governor Bill Haslam and dozens of graduates to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Davidson County Drug Court residential facility, a system now implemented in 75 counties throughout the state. The program in our home city has been praised as one of the nation’s most comprehensive recovery court efforts, with over 800 graduates.


Mayor Barry’s State of Metro Address takes place late this morning at Ascend Amphitheater and is expected to feature performances by Metro Nashville Public Schools marching bands, the city’s youth poet laureate, and a special musical guest.




“This is an exciting opportunity to highlight the priorities of my administration as expressed in my budget proposal and share my vision for the future of Metro Nashville,” Mayor Barry said in the invite. “I hope the public will come out and join me, along with the Metro Council and other Metro officials, in this momentous occasion that will help set the tone of our city for the year to come.”


The address will hold important details about the Mayor’s budget proposal, which will be presented to the Metro Council following the event. It is expected to start at 11:30am CST, and seating is on a first come, first serve basis. For details on the address pertaining to mental health, addiction treatment and recovery, you can follow us on Twitter @AddictionCampus. For details on the State of Metro in general, follow @MayorMeganBarry.

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