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Interview: TN Voices CEO Rikki Harris on Struggles and Rewards for Mental Health Providers


Tennessee struggled to provide mental health services statewide before the pandemic. Now, the need for mental health support is even higher, but the availability of practitioners and counselors has fallen. One service provider is TN Voices, which, like many other providers, is looking for clinicians to add to their staff. CEO Rikki Harris told WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper that the non-profit wants counselors who have personal experience with mental health needs.

Chrissy served as WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue from late 2021 to early 2023. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She had previously been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally filled in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.