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Opening of the Mental Health Guidance Center, Nashville, Tenn., 1956For over 50 years, Centerstone has provided professional behavioral health services and advanced programs to people with mental illness and substance abuse problems. Today Centerstone is the largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare in the nation with facilities across Middle Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

In 1997, Centerstone was formed with the affiliation of Pinnacle Health (Columbia Area Mental Health Center, Harriett Cohn Center and Highland Rim Mental Health Center) and Dede Wallace Center. Luton Mental Health Services joined the Centerstone affiliation in 1998, and the Elam Mental Health Clinic opened in January 2000. In 2002, all of our facilities officially adopted the name Centerstone. Since 2008, three other world-class behavioral health facilities joined the Centerstone family; Center for Behavioral Health and Quinco Behavioral Health Systems in May 2008, and Dunn Mental Health Centers in September 2009. In July 2014, with the addition of the H Group of Kentucky, Centerstone expanded its reach into both Kentucky and Illinois.

Whether helping people conquer depression, addiction, persistent mental illness or other emotional and behavioral disorders, Centerstone is close by and ready to help. We are proud to serve our communities and will continue to lead the way in the development and delivery of behavioral healthcare services.

Combined Timeline for Centerstone, Quinco Behavioral Health Systems, Center for Behavioral Health and Dunn Mental Health Centers

1955 Lowell Engelking and E.W. Williams, MD, spearhead community discussion about the need for affordable professional mental health services in Columbus, Ind.
1956 Funded by Junior League, Mental Health Guidance Center opens in Nashville (first precursor to Centerstone, later renamed Dede Wallace Center).
1957 Harriet Cohn Guidance Center receives charter in Clarksville, Tenn.
1957 First client is seen in Mental Health Clinic space shared with Public Health in basement of Bartholomew County Hospital (Columbus, Ind.).
1960 Dr. George Weinland becomes the first director of the Bartholomew County Mental Health and Child Guidance Clinic.
1964 Services begin at Maury County Mental Health Clinic in Columbia, Tenn.
1967 Region 10 Mental Health Foundation is organized to develop, construct, support and maintain the Comprehensive Consulting Center in Columbus, Ind.
1967 Multi-County Comprehensive Mental Health Center opens to serve Coffee and four surrounding counties in Tennessee (later renamed Highland Rim Mental Health Center).
1968 Community Mental Health Center is established in Bloomington, Ind., providing Adult Outpatient Services to the community with a staff of one full-time social worker and one part-time psychologist.
1971 Harriet Cohn Center expands to serve Robertson and Cheatham Counties in Tennessee.
1972 Board adopts name of Quinco Consulting Center (Quinco joined Centerstone in 2008).
1972 A building is constructed across Hawcreek in Columbus, Ind. to provide comprehensive mental health services as established in the 1963 Community Mental Health Center Construction Act signed by President John F. Kennedy. All basic services required of a comprehensive community mental health center are planned or functioning.
1974 Owen County, Ind. office opens bringing the first mental health services to this county.
1975 Quinco becomes first Indiana community mental health center to receive Joint Commission accreditation.
1975 Luton Mental Health Center opens and is named in honor of Dr. Frank Harper Luton, the first licensed psychiatrist in Tennessee (Luton Mental Health Center became a part of Centerstone in 1998).
1979 First Addictions Intensive Outpatient Program in Indiana is pioneered and opened by the Center for Behavioral Health in Bloomingtion. (The Center joined Centerstone in 2008.)
1981 Quinco begins providing its first employee assistance program (EAP) services through a contract with Cummins Engine Company.
1984 Dr. Robert Dyer is hired as third CEO of Quinco. He becomes Commissioner of Indiana Division of Mental Health and establishes the Hoosier Assurance Plan for Mental Health in 1990s.
1984 First therapeutic preschool program opens at Luton Mental Health Center.
1988 Dede Wallace Center develops Mental Health Management of America, Inc., the nation’s first managed care company addressing publicly funded behavioral health services.
1989 Quinco is known nationally as a center of innovation with the introduction of psychoeducational groups and a series of mental health Life-Work products. These products allowed the company to raise funds to financially support its non-profit social mission.
1990 The Center is approved as American Psychological Association internship site for doctoral students.
1991 The Quinco name is changed to Quinco Behavioral Health Systems.
1992 Luton Mental Health Center develops national disaster response initiative.
1992 Dr. Robert J. Williams is hired as the fourth CEO of Quinco Behavioral Health Systems.
1992 The National Council of Community Mental Health Centers names Quinco as one of three mental health centers distinguished as Effective, Efficient Provider organizations.
1994 Quinco celebrates 10 years of EAP business with 23 contracts in 9 states covering 50,000 lives.
1994 Joint Commission awards the Center accreditation.
1995 Three new facilities open: Ella Hayes, Luton and Dede Wallace Centers.
1996 The Center's Harvest Vocational Program is accredited by CARF.
1997 Centerstone forms through affiliation of Dede Wallace Center, Harriet Cohn Center, Highland Rim and Columbia Area Mental Health Centers (Centerstone).
1997 The Center's name changes from South Central Community Mental Health Center to Center for Behavioral Health (CBH).
1998 To address the issue of youth substance abuse, CBH develops the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program, a program similar to Adult IOP, but geared to adolescent issues.
1998 Luton Mental Health Services joins Centerstone.
1998 Behavioral Pathways Systems, Inc. is launched to provide clinical performance outcome measures for the Joint Commission accredited organizations nationally.
1999 The Joint Commission awards CBH the Ernest A. Codman Award for behavioral health care. CBH is the first behavioral health care organization to win the prestigious award, which recognizes excellence in the use of outcome measurement to achieve health care quality improvement.
2000 Integration of behavioral health services with primary health care providers expands to seven Centerstone locations.
2001 Centerstone and Quinco respond to 9/11 in New York City and Washington, D.C.
2001 Centerstone expands electronic medical record, telemedicine and distance learning, and programs for older adults.
2002 CBH joins in collaborative effort (International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership with SAMHSA, Ministry of Health in New Zealand and NIMHE in the United Kingdom) to "provide an infrastructure to identify and exchange information about best management and operational practices in the delivery of behavioral health services."
2003 Centerstone expands its clinical research with Vanderbilt and leading universities. Dr. Herbert Meltzer leads schizophrenia initiative.
2004 Centerstone establishes Advantage Behavioral Health, a behavioral health managed care organization.
2004 CBH adopts an Electronic Health Record system, going paperless for record-keeping and making data available at all clinical locations upon demand.
2004 CBH undergoes corporate restructuring, creating a not-for-profit holding company—Centerpoint, Inc.—to seek new tools and resources for funding our mission and applying good business principles to the organization.
2004 Quinco wins Bronze Award for workplace wellness from Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA) and is the first U.S. community mental health center and the third Indiana business to achieve WELCOA recognition (achieves WELCOA Silver Award in 2006).
2004 CBH’s consumer employment program, Harvest Employment, is designated as within the top two such programs in Indiana and in the top three percentile within the United States.
2005 Centerstone and Quinco respond to the national relief efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
2006 CBH expands educational initiative by contracting with web-based "Essential Learning" to add Breakfast Learning Series lectures to their course listing for licensure credits.
2006 CBH is honored with the 2006 Nicholas E. Davies Award for Excellence in the Implementation of Electronic Health Records from the national Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
2007 CBH partners with Johnson-Nichols Health Care Center in Owen County to provide the first CBH clinic with both behavioral and physical healthcare in the same site.
2007 Centerstone receives three-year accreditation from CARF for their Child/Youth and Adult Case Management Services, our Adult and Youth Residential Services, Intensive Family-Based Services (Preferred Options), and Outpatient Services for all ages.
2008 CBH, Quinco and Centerstone come together to form the largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare in the nation!
2009 Richmond, Ind.-based Dunn Mental Health Center of joins Centerstone.
2014 The H Group joins Centerstone, expanding the organization's footprint into Illinois and Kentucky.