Centerstone was awarded a $2 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Center for Mental Health Services to help clients who have experienced traumatic events.
Centerstone will use the grant – $400,000 each year for five years – to create a new program called CT3: Centerstone Trauma Treatment and Training. The program’s aim will be to increase access to trauma-focused treatment for children, adolescents and their families who have experienced traumatic events, including children and adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system and children of veterans.
The counties covered in the program include Franklin, Jackson, Madison, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Union, Washington and Williamson.
“In those nine counties, more than 12,000 child abuse or neglect cases have been investigated and nearly 6,000 have been substantiated to date,” said Andrea Quigley, Centerstone Clinical Director and project manager for the CT3 program. “The area’s child abuse and neglect rates are up to 2.7 times higher than the state’s rate of 9.7 per 1,000.”
CT3 will develop and maintain local capacity to implement trauma-informed practices and provide evidence-based, informed trauma treatment interventions. The goals of the program are:
“Our objectives include decreasing behavioral health concerns, risk factors and mental health symptomatology related to trauma; improving social and emotional functioning and family functioning; and increasing psychosocial wellbeing, quality of life, and protective factors, as well as access to trauma-focused treatment,” Quigley said.
CT3 services will include:
The program is scheduled to begin on May 31 with a three month planning phase, during which Centerstone will be doing outreach and engagement with partners dedicated to the project’s success, including child welfare organizations, law enforcement, courts, juvenile justice and other provider and social service agencies.
Centerstone estimates that the program will begin providing services in this program in August. The estimated number of people to be served with this program and grant is 360.
Centerstone has more than 60 years of administrative, technological, evaluation and clinical experience providing an array of behavioral health services for individuals of all ages. Since 2004, Centerstone and its affiliates have administered $250 million in federally funded projects of similar size, scope and population, including more than 20 SAMHSA-funded grants, and has conducted 130 federally funded research and evaluation studies.
For more information about Centerstone and CT3, visit centerstone.org.
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