Nashville, Tenn. — Centerstone, Middle Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services, announces the promotion of senior psychological examiner and mental health administrator Kristina Blount as Director for Adult Residential Services.
In her new role, Blount oversees 107 adult residential beds in 13 facilities in Middle Tennessee. She also is responsible for securing funding for and operating new permanent housing facilities. Additionally, she advises several councils and the community at large about adult housing issues affecting those with mental illness.
”Kris has extensive experience and knowledge about managing behavioral health care programs, which will enable Centerstone to expand and sustain a range of residential facilities for individuals recovering from mental illness,” said David Guth, CEO of Centerstone. “We are fortunate to have Kris lead this crucial service area for Centerstone.”
Since 2003, Blount has provided clinical supervision and oversight to the adult case management team at Centerstone. In this role, she was involved in program development and evaluation; she also coordinated various programs with outside agencies. From 1997 to 2003, Blount was the Regional Care Manager for Magellan Behavioral Health, helping public and private mental health agencies in Middle Tennessee ensure clinical competency, and educating community providers and Tennessee state government officials.
Prior to that time, Blount was a private practitioner conducting psychological, cognitive, and educational assessments. Her broad range of experience in the mental health field includes chemical dependency treatment, wilderness and adventure-based treatment and family therapy.
Blount received both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University in Huntington, WV in 1984 and 1987 respectively. She is a Senior Psychological Examiner and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor.