Research Projects

From clinical education and training to implementation science and program evaluation, Centerstone’s Institute keeps our staff abreast of the most cutting-edge science in the behavioral health industry. The projects below are just a small sampling of how we are working to deliver on our mission of delivering care that changes people’s lives. Want to learn more about our current projects? Please reach out to us!

Zero Suicide 2.0

The goal of this project is to decrease suicide deaths across Centerstone by instituting evidence-based, systems-wide preventative approaches including administrative support, suicide-specific and interpersonal risk screening, suicide risk assessment, suicide-specific interventions, trainings, data surveillance, and clinical transition support.

Indiana Life Skills Curricula

This project supports life skills providers in Indiana developing standardized curricula for providers to use for teaching clients life skills and also supports staff’s professional growth by developing a practice profile to behaviorally define core care philosophies. Goals of this project include increasing appropriate service delivery, revenue, client engagement, and improving staff engagement and retention.

Simulation Training Center (SIM Center)

The SIM Center designs, delivers and evaluates novel training products and mechanisms that leverage simulation methodology and technology to promote the development and advancement of clinical competency in evidence-based treatment across Centerstone.

University of Tennessee College of Social Work Telehealth Best Practices Simulation Training

This project involves the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of a virtual simulation training for up to 50 social work graduate students and identified internship site supervisors in telehealth best practices.

Clinical Effectiveness of the Relapse Assessment for Schizophrenia Patients (RASP) With Decision Support (funded by Otsuka Pharmaceutical) – Otsuka (RASP Study)

This trial assesses the clinical effectiveness of the RASP, a 6-item psychosis screener, along with clinical decision support, versus standard care in promoting measurement-based prevention of hospitalization and other critical events for clients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder.

Integrated Phys & MH Self-Mgmt Compared to Chronic Disease Self-Mgmt to Improve Health Outcomes & Reduce Early Mortality Risk in Persons with Serious Mental Illness – PCORI – Clarksville (2019-2024) and COVID-19 Enhancement (2020-2021)

This grant compares the effectiveness of 2 programs for improving health and reducing mortality risk in 300 clients with serious mental illness and chronic health problems. A COVID-19 enhancement program was launched in 2020 to promote behaviors that reduce risk of infection, transmission, and decline in health from contracting the virus.

Statewide Evaluation of Tennessee’s Suicide Prevention Program – TDH Suicide Prev Eval

The Program Evaluation Department was awarded a contract to evaluate Tennessee’s Statewide Suicide Prevention Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This comprehensive public health approach to suicide prevention addresses risk factors that contribute to suicide and suicide-related behavior across Tennessee. Program Evaluation is monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of the overall suicide prevention efforts to reduce suicide morbidity and mortality.

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