Centerstone Receives $200,000 Grant from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation

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Funding will provide Crisis Follow-Up Services for Individuals at High Risk for Suicide

Nashville, Tenn.–Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of community-based mental health and addiction services, has received a $200,000 grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation to expand Centerstone’s current crisis services. Funding will create the “Crisis Services High-Risk Follow-Up Project,” an extended outreach service to assist people in suicidal crisis by improving access to life-saving support, resources and treatment.

Callers accessing Centerstone’s current 24-hour crisis line (800-681-7444), who are assessed as being at high risk for suicide, will receive follow-up calls for continued risk assessment and follow-up plan development. Ongoing check-ins will occur within 24 hours of the original call and subsequent check-ins at seven days, 14 days and 30 days, based on acuity and need of the caller. Similar outreach will be available for individuals hospitalized after receiving referral from one of Centerstone’s Crisis Services professionals and veterans who are at high-risk for acute psychiatric crises.

“Follow-up services and community collaboration are equally integral to preventing hospitalizations and suicide. Isolation is the enemy of those at acute risk for suicide,” said Becky Stoll, Centerstone’s Vice President for Crisis Services. “The depth and breadth of support can, literally, be a life saver.”

“Cost is the number one reason people with mental illness forego treatment,” said Dawn Weber, Manager, Community Relations and Foundations. “We’re proud to support Centerstone and its efforts to provide not just initial treatment but the essential follow-up services necessary to ensure the well-being of the Nashville community.”

This project will include collaboration among parties in both behavioral health and healthcare communities aimed at assisting clients at-risk for suicide by providing cost-effective, life-saving alternatives to hospitalization, such as safety plan development and ongoing support for linkage to effective community mental health services and other needed resources.

The “Crisis Services High-Risk Follow-Up Project” is an extension of Centerstone’s overarching suicide prevention initiative. Centerstone’s goal is to reduce symptoms while promoting recovery. It is anticipated that this project will show, through research and analysis, a reduction in the need for crisis services and hospitalizations, and most importantly, help in the organization’s goal to decrease suicides among its clients to zero.

For more information about Centerstone or its Crisis Services, please visit www.centerstone.org or call our initial appointments line at 888-291-4357.

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 55 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International and a member organization of the National Football League’s NFL Life Line. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit www.centerstone.org.

About Centerstone’s Crisis Services

Since 1992, Centerstone’s Crisis Services Program, headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, has offered 24/7/365 crisis intervention, risk assessment, clinical screening and referral services to individuals of all ages experiencing acute psychiatric crisis. Crisis Services are currently accessible through virtually all communication channels, including e-mail, instant messaging, telephone and face-to-face. While Crisis Services directly serves 20 counties in Middle Tennessee, it also partners with several national organizations in the provision of local and national crisis services.

About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc.

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Inc. (THF) was established in December, 2003 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. THF awards grants focused on high-impact initiatives across the state, which promote healthy lifestyle choices and help control health care costs for all Tennessee residents. Working with civic and economic partners, THF is dedicated to the support of research, innovative programs and creative approaches to improve the health and quality of life of Tennesseans for generations to come.

BlueCross BlueShield presents check to Centerstone staff

Photo Caption: Centerstone has received a $200,000 grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation to expand current Centerstone crisis services. Pictured at the check presentation are (l-r): Jennifer Armstrong (Centerstone Director of Crisis Care Services), Dawn Weber (BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Manager Community Relations and Foundations), Dr. Andrea Willis (BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Chief Medical Officer and Vice President), Dr. Bob Vero (Centerstone of Tennessee CEO), Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate (Centerstone of Tennessee and Centerstone Research Institute Board Member), and Becky Stoll (Centerstone Vice President Crisis and Disaster Management).