Morenike Murphy, LPC-MHSP has 19 years of experience in the field of social services, serving most recently as the State Crisis Director at the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. In this role, Morenike provided leadership, management, and evaluation of all operations and a combined 22.3 million dollar budget for the Office of Crisis Services and Suicide Prevention. The office is responsible for overseeing the organization and operation of the continuum of Tennessee’s Crisis Services and an array of suicide prevention programs and supports across the state.
Morenike provided direct services for 15 years to individuals in need of mental health services and persons in a behavioral health crisis; including providing advocacy and liaison services to justice involved persons and making informed decisions on behalf of persons with mental health and intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, as well as a master’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Morenike is a Mandatory Pre-Screening Agent designated by the State of Tennessee to complete a Certificate of Need for emergency involuntary hospitalization. She has expertise in crisis intervention and suicide prevention. She also has specialized assessment and treatment expertise to help people who have serious mental illnesses (SMI) achieve their full functional capability and live productive, satisfying lives in the community. Additionally, Morenike has training and experiences to help people with emotional conflict better understand their life experiences through Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).