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Centerstone Chief Operating Officers Receive Top Local and State NAMI Awards

Ben Middleton named Professional of the Year by NAMI Tennessee
and John Page wins the Professional Award for Children’s Services from NAMI Davidson County

Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone, the nation’s leading not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services, announced that its Chief Operating Officers, Ben Middleton and John Page, were recently honored at the state and local level, respectively, by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Tennessee chapter and NAMI Davidson County.

Ben Middleton, Centerstone’s Chief Operating Officer for Clinic Services, was named Professional of the Year by NAMI Tennessee and honored at the state conference on September 29. The Professional of the Year award is presented annually to someone who exemplifies the qualities needed to make a positive impact on those with mental illness. According to NAMI, people who win this award provide NAMI Tennessee with role models to affect change in the existing service delivery system.

John Page, Centerstone’s Chief Operating Officer for Specialty Services, was awarded with the Professional Award for Children’s Services from NAMI Davidson County, one of the local NAMI chapters. He was presented with his award at the inaugural Well Within Awards dinner on October 11. The Professional Award for Children’s Services honors someone who makes a positive influence on children and their families that are living with mental illness.

“It is an honor to have both of our Chief Operating Officers win such esteemed awards,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “John and Ben do so much for mental healthcare, demonstrating Centerstone’s mission to prevent and cure mental illness and addiction in their day-to-day work for this organization and our clients. I can’t think of two more deserving individuals.”

As COO for Clinic Services, Middleton oversees all Clinic Services at Centerstone, which include outpatient clinic services; dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program; adult, adolescent and child case management; continuous treatment team; intervention services; criminal justice liaison; and integrated care for adults. Prior to being named Chief Operating Officer for Clinic Services, Middleton, who joined Centerstone in 1990, served as Senior Vice President for Clinic Services. He specializes in alcohol and drug abuse treatment and services for those with mental illnesses. Middleton graduated from Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala. with an MS in clinical psychology.

As COO for Specialty Services, Page is responsible for Centerstone’s prevention and education programs; school-based services; intensive in-home treatment services; adult, child and adolescent residential treatment services; early childhood treatment services; integrated care for children and adolescents; and the psychosocial lifeskills development program. He also oversees Centerstone’s specialty services for older adults, ReConnect Centers and the Child and Adolescent Clinic on Venture Circle. Page has been with Centerstone since 1992. He previously served as Senior Vice President for Child, Adolescent, and Family Services and has worked as a direct service provider and marriage and family therapist. Page graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in psychology and from the University of Tennessee with a master’s degree in social work. He is certified by the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW).

For more information about Centerstone or its leadership, please visit www.centerstone.org or call 888.291.4357.

Ben Middleton named Professional of the Year by NAMI Tennessee and John Page wins the Professional Award for Children’s Services from NAMI Davidson County

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 55 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves 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 www.centerstone.org.