Centerstone Board Member Named Special Envoy by the International Telecommunication Union

Deborah Taylor Tate Honored for Her Work in Child Online Protection

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, announced today that Deborah Taylor Tate, member of the Centerstone of Tennessee and Centerstone Research Institute Board of Directors, has been appointed a Special Envoy for the Child Online Protection (COP) Initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

COP Special Envoys are prominent individuals who do their utmost to support children’s safety online and are willing to contribute to ITU’s efforts to raise awareness around protecting children online.

“Deborah’s work on behalf of children is truly inspiring,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “This appointment is just one of many demonstrations of her on-going commitment to proving a safe online environment in which children can learn, grow and meet their full potential. She is a determined and devoted volunteer who is greatly committed to the health and well-being of children. I am incredibly proud of her achievements.”

The COP Initiative was launched in 2008 to raise awareness about the importance of protecting children online, educate the general public, as well as create guidelines so that everyone can protect children online. In addition, the COP Initiative is also creating interoperable standards to protect children online, helping to establish national hotlines and developing national strategy and legislative toolkits.

Tate, often referred to as the “children’s commissioner,” was a leading voice on issues affecting families and children during her tenure on the Federal Communications Commission. She joined Centerstone’s board of directors in 2002 as Chairman of the Board. In 2010, she also began serving on the Centerstone Research Institute Board of Directors. Currently, Tate is a distinguished adjunct senior fellow at the Free State Foundation.

About ITU

ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services. For 145 years, ITU has coordinated the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoted international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, worked to improve telecommunication infrastructure in the developing world, established the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems and addressed the global challenges of our times, such as mitigating climate change and strengthening cybersecurity. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, ITU members include 192 Member States and more than 700 Sector Members and Associates.

About Centerstone?

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities and 170 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves more than 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit our website: www.centerstone.org.