Director of Faith-Based Initiatives, Tennessee Department of Mental Health
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Monty Burks, CPRS, PhD, serves as the Director of Faith-Based Initiatives for the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, where his role is engaging and connecting Tennessee’s faith communities to the behavoiral health care system, with the goal of expanding addiction and mental health support services across the state. He also oversees the Tennessee Lifeline Peer Project, a state program aimed at reducing the stigma associated with people who suffer from addiction and the Tennessee Faith Based Community Coordinators, whom seek to help congregations build their capacity to combat addiction and mental health issues in their respective community. Burks earned his master’s degree in criminal justice from Middle Tennessee State University and his doctorate in theology from Heritage. Burks has more than 18 years’ experience working with the criminal justice system in various roles, including adjunct criminal justice professor at Motlow State Community College, Criminal Justice Research Analyst at Middle Tennessee State University, and Criminal Justice Program coordinator at Tennessee State University, where he still serves as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice.
Wednesday, April 24
6:30 PM – 7:45 PM