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Centerstone of America CEO David Guth Launches Book at 43rd Annual National Council for Behavioral Health Conference

First release by leading mental healthcare executive reveals strategies for successful not-for-profit mergers and affiliations

Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone of America, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of community-based mental health and addiction services, today announced that CEO David C. Guth, Jr., will launch his debut book on not-for-profit mergers and affiliations, entitled Strategic Unions: A Marriage Guide for Healthy Not-For-Profit Mergers, at the 43rd annual National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare conference, April 8-11.

With three decades of experience in leading multistate not-for-profit mergers, Guth offers an insider’s perspective on the process, which he likens to marriage. Guth highlights the challenges and opportunities mergers pose, including what he considers the most common reason many fail – because the process of merging becomes the focus and creating a healthy organization becomes an afterthought. Published by National Council, Guth’s book features a step-by-step guide to mergers and includes examples of pertinent legal documents for reference.

“My goal in writing Strategic Unions was to walk my readers through each stage of the often- complicated merger and affiliations process to ensure a seamless transition,” Guth said. “I hope this book will help leaders think differently about these unions, thereby creating happier, healthier and longer-lasting partnerships for organizations of all kinds.”

Strategic Unions: A Marriage Guide for Healthy Not-For-Profit Mergers will be available for online purchase beginning Monday, April 15, and a limited number will be available for purchase at the National Council conference. Please visit http://www.strategicunions.com/ for more information or to order a copy.

“National Council is proud to publish Strategic Unions and support David’s passion for helping not-for-profit behavioral health organizations navigate the complexities of mergers and affiliations for the betterment of the industry as a whole,” said Linda Rosenberg, President and CEO of the National Council. “This thought-provoking book lays the groundwork for CEOs and executive leadership teams to establish successful partnerships, which will positively impact behavioral health and the advancement of care.”

Held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare conference will bring together the industry’s most respected leaders for three days of discussion, sessions and workshops. In addition to launching Strategic Unions: A Marriage Guide for Healthy Not-For-Profit Mergers and conducting book signings, Guth will be a featured speaker at the conference, addressing mergers and affiliations in a special workshop on Sunday, April 7.

About the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. Together with our 2,000 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens – the more than 8 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. The National Council pioneered Mental Health First Aid in the U.S. and has trained nearly 100,000 individuals to connect youth and adults in need to mental health and addictions care in their communities.

About Centerstone

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, is one the nation’s largest providers of community-based behavioral healthcare. It provides a full range of mental health, addiction and related educational services to more than 75,000 individuals of all ages each year. The organization has nearly 130 facilities and 220 partnership locations throughout Indiana and Tennessee. It also operates Centerstone Foundation, Centerstone Research Institute, Advantage Behavioral Health and Not Alone. For more information about Centerstone, please visit www.centerstone.org.