Centerstone Opens New Enhanced Crisis Respite Facility

Funded by state grant, facility provides acute care in warm environment

Columbia, Tenn.
— People in acute psychiatric distress have a new option for short-term residential treatment in a home-like environment with the opening of Centerstone’s Enhanced Crisis Respite facility in Columbia, Tennessee.

Centerstone will introduce the community to the new facility, which is located at 2122 Circle Drive, at an open house on Thursday, June 28, at 1:30 p.m.

Funds in the amount of approximately 1.4 million were awarded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities for start up and service delivery. The eight-bed, short-term residential facility will serve eight counties in Middle Tennessee, including Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Marshall, Maury, Perry and Wayne.

“A main goal of this Enhanced Crisis Respite facility is to serve as a community care alternative to hospitalization. The center’s close proximity to Centerstone’s Maury County Outpatient Clinic and Walk-In Triage Center at Maury Regional Hospital will provide persons in need access to a seamless continuum of care close to home,” says Virginia Trotter Betts, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (TDMHDD). “The services offered at this new facility meet a crucial unmet need. We at TDMHDD are pleased to make this program available through our partnership with Centerstone.”

Prepared to serve approximately 1,000 adults annually, the respite facility is for individuals 18 and older experiencing acute psychiatric distress. Services will be available 24 hours a day, and will focus on rapid stabilization and averting future crises.

The respite program’s 3,740 square foot facility has numerous amenities designed to make residents feel at ease during their stay, which may extend to three days. In addition to its treatment space and residential accommodations, the facility’s features include a limited service kitchen, recreation room, patio area and laundry facilities.

“For individuals needing stabilization during a period of distress, the Enhanced Crisis Respite facility offers a therapeutic option to the restrictive confines of a hospital setting,” says David Grimes, Senior Vice President for Adult Services at Centerstone. This diversionary program is designed to offer clients the comforts of home while receiving crisis treatment to help stabilize the acute and facilitate a transition back to the community.”

The center’s staff includes medical professionals including psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, social workers, and registered nurses. A program coordinator and a facility manager will also be on staff. The program is open to individuals with all types of healthcare coverage, including third-party insurance and private pay. Grant subsidies are also available to those who qualify. To access this service, contact Centerstone’s Crisis Triage hotline at 1-800-681-7444.