Centerstone Employee Receives Statewide Recognition for Exceptional Service

Columbia, Tenn.—Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, today announced that E. Ann Ingram, Regional Intervention Program (RIP) Manager at Centerstone’s Columbia location, has been named the recipient of the Dorothea Dix Professional Service Award. Presented on December 12, 2008, by the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO), the award honors Ingram’s outstanding professionalism and significant contributions to the advancement of behavioral healthcare in Tennessee.

“I am incredibly proud of E. Ann and the accomplishments she has made throughout her career,” said John Page, Centerstone’s Senior Vice President for Child, Adolescent and Family Services. “She is truly devoted to helping children and families in Middle Tennessee, and her commitment to the advancement of behavioral healthcare is an inspiration to all of us at Centerstone.”

Ingram began her career in 1988, working for RIP in Maury County, helping families of preschool-age children struggling with behavioral disorders. Subsequently, she helped establish RIP programs in Dickson and Clarksville and on-site at the U.S. Army post in Fort. Campbell, Ky.

Ingram has led several Centerstone and community programs in Middle Tennessee. She initiated the Responsible Parenting Project in Maury County to teach parenting skills to teen mothers, and helped pilot the Early Childhood Network (ECN), which provides quality parent-driven care for children from birth through third grade. Ingram also helped launch the evidence-based Strengthening Families Program, which teaches parenting skills to high-risk families in rural areas, in Giles County,. The program’s success led to the launch of similar initiatives in Bedford, Dickson, Humphreys, Marshall and Maury counties.

Ingram serves as a strong leader for the Mule Town Family Network, a multi-million dollar project to implement a system of care for children with mental illness and their families. She also was appointed to serve as a member of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

About Centerstone

Centerstone (www.centerstone.org), 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 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 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.