Centerstone Launches Career Resource Center

New center to provide education, job training and support services to at least 600 Middle Tennesseans, and create new health sector jobs

Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone today announced the launch of the Centerstone Career Resource Center, which will offer healthcare education opportunities, job training, employment placement assistance, and support services to at least 600 people in five Middle Tennessee counties: Bedford, Coffee, Lawrence, Marshall and Maury. The Center was made possible through a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor that was awarded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“Today, I want to congratulate Centerstone on their successful grant application,” said U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis. “The $5,000,000 ARRA grant we approved will offer participants comprehensive employment-related healthcare education, training, job placement, retention, and supportive services in 5 Middle Tennessee counties that have been impacted by automotive-related restructuring. The Recovery Act’s investments are making a positive difference in the lives of America’s working families by ensuring that thousands of workers across the nation can receive high-quality training and employment services, which will lead to good jobs in healthcare and other industries offering career-track employment and good pay and benefits.”

Offices for the Centerstone Career Resource Center, where individuals will be prepared to select, enter and advance in various areas of the healthcare industry, will open in Columbia and Tullahoma, Tenn., on July 1. The Center will officially launch operations and begin reviewing potential participants on Tuesday, June 15. Approximately 420 people will receive funding to complete and receive a certificate or degree, and a minimum of 290 will be placed into employment following their training. Multiple support services will be offered through Centerstone’s Career Resource Center, including child care assistance and interview preparation training.

“The Recovery Act was created as an instrument to put Americans back to work and to invest in badly needed infrastructure in our communities,” said United States Congressman Lincoln Davis. “I know this job training and placement award will be a valuable tool in getting Middle Tennesseans gainfully employed in order to provide for their families and continue investing in their communities. I look forward to seeing this investment begin to help build back the lives of working families and our economy.”

Program participants should be at least 18 years of age, a resident of one of the five participating counties, have a high school degree or GED equivalency, have a desire to be employed in the healthcare field and be unemployed or underemployed. Applicants should expect a background check and drug test and should be willing to submit other personal information, such as income and educational background information. Participants do not require a mental health or addiction diagnosis to be eligible.

“As unemployment remains at high levels, Centerstone is privileged to help hundreds of Middle Tennesseans return to work by offering education, training and new jobs in the region,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “Our healthcare industry is strong and growing, and the numerous job opportunities that are paired with this sector will benefit those who have experienced the worst of the economic downturn.”

Centerstone’s Career Resource Center will be led by Mary Moran, Centerstone’s Director of Community-Based Services for Adults. Program partners include Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Local Workforce Investment Area Boards 6 and 10, Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville, Tennessee Technology Center at Hohenwald, Maury Regional Medical Center, Tennessee Department of Children Services, and Tennessee Department of Human Services. In addition, CRI will evaluate the program by tracking the impact on employment of participants, which will contribute key information about effective strategies to promote employment during difficult economic times.

The Centerstone grant is part of more than $225 million in health care and high growth training grants funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grants will allow community colleges, community-based organizations, state workforce agencies and other public entities to deliver training that leads to employment in a range of health care fields and other growing industries. With these grants, organizations in all 50 states have received a share of nearly $750 million in competitive grant funding made available through the U.S. Department of Labor.

Information about Centerstone’s Career Resource Center is available at www.centerstone.org/careerresourcecenter or 888-519-5190.

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 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities and 170 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves more than 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit www.centerstone.org.

About Centerstone Research Institute
Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) is a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research, information technology and clinical informatics. CRI conducts service and clinical studies and partners with leading research institutions to advance knowledge of mental health and addiction disorders and discover innovative treatments. The organization maintains an Institutional Review Board and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice. CRI also offers Behavioral Pathway Systems, a best practices benchmarking service. CRI is a recipient of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s Innovation Award. For more information about CRI, please visit www.centerstoneresearch.org.