One of the few outpatient opioid clinics in the region serving Medicaid and Medicare patients

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – The Joint Commission recently awarded the Talbott Legacy Centers the Gold Seal of Approval for behavioral health care, which now allows them to serve Medicaid and Medicare patients.

The Maryville center is one of only three facilities in the Knoxville metro area licensed to use the three drugs approved by the FDA for opioid use disorders. TLC opened in April and already serves nearly 200 patients.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, eastern Tennessee recorded more deaths in 2020 than other parts of the state. Medical professionals told WVLT News that there are several crippling factors specific to our region. Two major freeways, I-40 and I-75, help drive drugs into neighborhoods and treatment centers are scarce.

TLC is the only clinic of its kind in Blount County.

“Hearing people say they have a solid job for the first time… for the first time they were able to save money at the end of the month,” said Chip Fuller, vice president of operations. “The treatment opens up the possibility of doing in the past.”

TLC President Zachary Talbott received the Lisa Mojer-Torres Award from Faces & Voices of recovery at the 2021 America Honors Recovery National Gala, marking his prestigious second national award in addiction treatment and recovery during the last two years. .

Residents of eastern Tennessee struggling with prescription pain relievers or heroin can call TLC at 865-724-0852 between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Walk-in admissions are now accepted most weekdays between 6 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.

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