Haslam names Marie Williams as Commissioner of Mental Health and - WSMV News 4

Haslam names Marie Williams as Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the appointment of Marie Williams as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Williams will replace Commissioner Doug Varney, who announced his retirement last week.

She started with the department in 2000 and has served as a deputy commissioner since 2011, directly managing the department’s daily operations and budget.

Prior to her appointment as deputy commissioner, Williams served as assistant commissioner of mental health services. She also created the award-winning “Creating Homes Initiative” that has developed more than 13,500 supportive housing options for Tennesseans diagnosed with mental illness disorders.

This program allowed them to live in, thrive in and contribute to their communities in the least restrictive settings.

A licensed clinical social worker, Williams has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Austin Peay State University.

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