TSPN Introduces New West Tennessee Regional Coordinator
TSPN welcomes Tosha Gurley, BS, as our new West Tennessee Regional Coordinator. She began work out of Behavioral Health Initiative's offices in Jackson on July 31.
Gurley will be responsible for coordinating suicide prevention training sessions associated with TSPN's Substance Abuse Outreach Program. She will also coordinate training sessions for university staff and students as part of the Tennessee Higher Education Suicide Prevention Network (THESPN), and training sessions associated with the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) and the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) protocol. Taylor will also disseminate regional TSPN recourses to members across West Tennessee; arrange for presentations and speakers at local conferences, workshops, and training sessions; coordinate regional TSPN meetings and projects within the West Tennessee area; and assist with postvention operations at schools, businesses, and other agencies affected by recent suicide deaths.
Before joining TSPN, Gurley was the Independent Support Coordinator Program Supervisor at the Tennessee Community Services Agency (TNCSA), a public agency created by the General Assembly of Tennessee with a broad mission of serving Tennesseans in need. Gurley's responsibilities included the management of Independent Support Plans for people served by HCBS Medicaid Waivers and ensuring compliance with Centers for Medicare/Medicare Services. She also developed and monitored a program delivery system to help maintain TNCSA's 4 Star Agency rating.
Prior to her work with TNCSA, Gurley was a Family Advocate for the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Part of her work included preparing children testifying in abuse cases for court cases, and she also facilitated parenting education and child sexual abuse prevention courses.
Gurley holds a B.S. in Human Services from Bethel University, where she received the Human Services Honor Award and completed a field placement with Volunteer Home Care Medical Social Work.