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Centerstone Board Member Wins World Telecommunications and Information Society Award

Deborah Taylor Tate Recognized for Devotion to Protecting Children in Cyberspace

Nashville, Tenn.— Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, today announced that Deborah Taylor Tate, member of the Centerstone of Tennessee Board of Directors, has earned the distinguished World Telecommunications and Information Society Award from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The award acknowledges individuals who have devoted themselves to bringing the benefits of internet connectivity to every corner of the planet while protecting the interests of users, especially children. Tate was among three individuals recognized during the ceremony. President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, of Brazil, and Rob Conway, CEO of GSMA were also acknowledged. All three were recognized in a ceremony held Monday, May 18 in Geneva, Switzerland.

“Deborah’s work on behalf of children is truly inspiring,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “This award demonstrates 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 achievement.”

Tate, a former member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), joined Centerstone’s board of directors in 2002 as Chairman of the Board. Currently, Tate is a distinguished adjunct senior fellow at the Free State Foundation.

ITU is the leading United Nations for information and communication technology issues, and the global focal point for governments and the private sector in developing networks and services. For nearly 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 internet security. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, ITU members include 191 Member States and more than 700 Sector Members and Associates.

About Centerstone

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare. With a history that spans over fifty years, Centerstone provides a full range of behavioral health and related educational services to more than 64,000 individuals of all ages and their families annually. Children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and families all receive help from a multitude of different programs in more than 120 facilities and 150 partnership locations in Indiana and Tennessee. Centerstone is accredited by The Joint Commission in Indiana and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Tennessee. For more information about Centerstone, please call toll free at 888-291-4357.

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