Organization brings home the National Council’s 2012 Community Voice Award
Nashville, Tenn. – On June 25 and 26, Centerstone, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services, participated in the 8th Annual Public Policy Institute and Hill Day hosted by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (National Council) in Washington, D.C. Among the more than 500 behavioral healthcare executives, administrators, board members, consumers and community stakeholders, Centerstone was awarded with the “Community Voice Award” by the National Council for its impact at Hill Day.
Leading up to announcements regarding national healthcare reform legislation, Centerstone representatives delivered more than 1,100 personal letters from patients, constituents and employees to numerous U.S. Representatives and Senators about the importance of mental healthcare coverage.
“This visit to our nation’s capital could not have been timelier, given the discussions that were taking place regarding our country’s healthcare laws,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone of Tennessee. “Each year at Centerstone, we treat 50,000 Tennesseans who are battling mental health and addiction disorders. These recent visits to D.C. gave us the opportunity to check in and remind our legislators of the impact we’re having in their communities and the great need for accessible mental healthcare for their citizens. We are honored to have been a part of this annual event.”
In addition to delivering the hundreds of letters to Capitol Hill, Centerstone leadership met with Representatives and Senators to discuss legislation and provide updates about Centerstone services in their local communities.
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.
Photo caption (from l to r): David Guth, CEO of Centerstone of America; Marlin Medlin, Clinical Director at Quinco Mental Health Center; Gene Lawrence, Executive Director of Southeast Mental Health Center; Kim Baldwin, Government Relations Manager at Centerstone; Robert Vaughn, Executive Director of Carey Counseling Center; Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone of Tennessee; U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander; Jennifer Jones, State Director of Advocacy for the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association; Anthony Fox, Executive Director of the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers’ Association; Ellyn Wilbur, Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations; Estie Harris, Principal at Smith Harris & Carr; Christina VanRegenmorter, Director of the Center for Clinical Excellence and National Policy for Centerstone Research Institute; U.S. Senator Bob Corker; and Chris Wyre, President and CEO of Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System.