Behavioral Pathway Systems President to Speak at California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies Membership Conference

Paul Lefkovitz to Lead Discussion About Benchmarking for Financial Survival and Organizational Excellence

Bloomington, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a company of Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, today announced that Dr. Paul Lefkovitz, President of Behavioral Pathway Systems (BPS), a company of CRI, will be a featured speaker at the California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies (CCCMHA) June membership conference. The annual meeting will be held June 4-5 at Mission lnn in Riverside, Calif.

During his presentation titled “Benchmarking for Financial Survival and Organizational Excellence,” Lefkovitz will discuss the importance of measuring organizational performance, underscoring the many ways benchmarking can transform data into actionable information and lead to significant organizational improvements. Lefkovitz will speak June 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Galleria-Attrio.

Paul Lefkovitz, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist whose work has encompassed clinical, administrative, research and consultative roles in the areas of behavioral health service delivery and performance measurement. Since 1974, he has held progressive leadership positions within the hospital and community-based sectors of the industry including several years at the CEO level. He has been an active contributor to professional literature and presents regularly at regional and national conferences. He is a past-president of the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare and continues to serve on the National Advisory Panel of its Board of Directors. He is also immediate past-chair of the Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Professional and Technical Advisory Committee. In addition, Lefkovitz served as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He was the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Partial Hospitalization and Continuum. Lefkovitz is active in behavioral health advocacy groups and serves on the Boards of Mental Health America in Indiana, The Indiana Mental Health Foundation, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Indianapolis Chapter.

Behavioral Pathway Systems (BPS) is the industry leader in the provision of behavioral health benchmarking services. It is the vision of BPS to utilize benchmarking processes to identify and disseminate best practices in behavioral health and human service settings. BPS also offers a broad range of performance management, outcomes measurement, quality improvement and consultative services. BPS is at the cutting edge of innovation in assisting organizations to achieve excellence in the clinical, administrative and financial realms of performance.

The California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies (CCCMHA) is a statewide trade association whose members are the primary providers of mental health and substance abuse services in California. CCCMHA holds three membership conferences for executives and senior managers each year, providing opportunities for the exchange of ideas and for networking with colleagues in a relaxed and informal environment.

About Centerstone Research Institute

Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a company of Centerstone, is linking science to clinical service through diverse privately and publicly funded research studies and community-based projects. The company works both independently and in collaboration with major academic institutions. Since 2001, CRI has conducted more than 100 service and clinical studies ranging from medication management for mental illness to suicide prevention in older adults. CRI maintains an Institutional Review Board and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice. The company also offers Behavioral Pathway Systems, a best practices benchmarking service. For more information about CRI, visit www.centerstoneresearch.org.