Centerstone, Center for Behavioral Health and Quinco Behavioral Health Systems Finalize Affiliation

Combined Mental Health Organizations Become the Nation’s Largest Provider of Community-Based Behavioral Health Services

Nashville, Tenn., Bloomington, Ind. and Columbus, Ind. — The boards of directors of Centerstone, Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) and Quinco Behavioral Health Systems, recognized national leaders in the behavioral healthcare industry, have unanimously approved the organizations’ proposed affiliation, effective May 1, 2008. The combined not-for-profit organization, which will be known as Centerstone, will be the largest provider of community-based behavioral health services in the United States, reaching 69,000 individuals needing treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. The merger also has been approved by the Attorney General for the State of Tennessee.

“More effective collaboration, such as sharing knowledge and best practices and partnering to pursue innovative research, is the key to advancing mental healthcare nationwide,” said Centerstone CEO David Guth. “Centerstone, CBH and Quinco came together because we share a vital mission to find new ways to help everyone struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues reach full recovery. This affiliation allows us to combine our resources and expertise to improve the quality of care and services available, not only in our respective service areas, but across the nation.”

The new Centerstone organization will have more than 1,500 employees in 120 locations across Indiana and Tennessee and approximately $110 million in annual revenues. The expanded size, scope and capabilities of the combined Centerstone will allow the organization to have greater influence in three key arenas:

  1. Advancing the effective treatment of mental illness and addiction disorders by closing the gap between science and service through research, technology and a strengthened research-based care delivery model.
  2. Building more resources to address unmet mental health needs in Centerstone’s communities.
  3. Shaping mental health policy at the local, state and national levels.

The affiliation also will allow Centerstone to create more specialized services and programs for its clients and compete for large contracts with government payers and private insurance companies.

Under the terms of the affiliation agreement, the following will occur:

  • Guth will become CEO of the Centerstone parent organization to be headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.
  • CBH and Quinco will blend their operations in Indiana, and Quinco CEO Robert (Bob) Williams, Ph.D., will assume the role of CEO for Centerstone in that state. Williams is based in Columbus, Ind.
  • Dennis (Denny) Morrison, Ph.D., CEO of CBH, will become CEO of Centerstone Research Institute, a new subsidiary that will oversee clinical research and information technology initiatives to improve treatment and clinical outcomes for patients. Morrison will remain in Bloomington, Ind. and oversee research and technology operations in Tennessee and Indiana.
  • Robert (Bob) N. Vero, Ed.D., Centerstone’s current President and COO, will become CEO of Centerstone in Tennessee. He is based at Centerstone’s headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.

Debbie Cagle will remain CEO of Centerstone’s managed care subsidiary, Advantage Behavioral Health. Cagle and Advantage will continue to be based in Nashville, Tenn.

Centerstone, Quinco and CBH have integrated their operations and begin fully operating as Centerstone May 1, 2008. The combined telephone number (for information and crisis) in Indiana is 800.344.8802. In Tennessee, call 888.291.4357 (HELP) for the call center and 800.681.7444 for crisis.

About Centerstone

Centerstone (www.centerstone.org), a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s largest community-based behavioral healthcare provider. With a history that spans over fifty years, Centerstone provides a full range of behavioral health and related educational services to more than 69,000 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 Tennessee and Indiana. Centerstone is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) in Tennessee and The Joint Commission in Indiana. For more information about Centerstone, please call toll free at (888) 291-4357.

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