Centerstone Receives $5 Million Recovery Act Award

Grant secured by Centerstone Research Institute will fund the creation of Centerstone’s Career Resource Center, provide education, job training and support services to 600 Middle Tennesseans, and create nearly 300 new health sector jobs

Nashville, Tenn.—The Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) has secured a three-year, $5 million grant as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will allow Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, to create Centerstone’s Career Resource Center. The Career Resource Center will offer healthcare education opportunities, job training, employment placement assistance, and support services to 600 people in five Middle Tennessee counties: Maury, Bedford, Coffee, Marshall, and Lawrence.

The award was announced by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis as part of more than $225 million in Recovery Act grants. Centerstone’s Career Resource Center is one of 55 programs funded by the Department of Labor across 30 states to provide training and employment support services to 15,000 Americans. The programs will seek to provide training in skills needed for secure, well-paid jobs in healthcare, information technology and other high growth fields. They also will fill approximately 10,000 jobs in the next two years in areas including nursing, pharmacy technology and information technology.

“This new grant will allow Centerstone to provide important support, training and education that will help individuals to enter the healthcare workforce,” said Dr. Dennis Morrison, CEO of CRI. “CRI is proud to be a part of this initiative that will provide new employment opportunities for members of our community and create jobs in Middle Tennessee. Tracking the success of participants in this program over the next three years will be very exciting.”

Centerstone’s Career Resource Center will offer services to help prepare individuals to select, enter and advance in various areas of the healthcare industry. As part of the grant-funded program, approximately 420 people will receive funding to complete and receive a certificate or degree, and 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 economic downturn and the job loss, corporate scale backs and closures it has caused have taken a serious toll on our region,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “The healthcare sector is an important industry in Middle Tennessee, and Centerstone is delighted to be part of the effort to encourage education, support and train workers, and create new job opportunities in this vital sector throughout our region.”

Those selected for the program will include unemployed and underemployed workers, such as individuals displaced by layoffs or recent plant closures, those in low-wage or part-time jobs, or those who need new skills to retain employment. Young adults, including recent graduates, high school dropouts, and individuals transitioning from foster care, also will be eligible to participate.

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.

Eligibility criteria for participants in the new grant-funded program are being established, and Centerstone expects to officially initiate services on June 1.

Information about Centerstone’s Career Resource Center is available at www.centerstone.org/careerresourcecenter or by calling 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 explore our website: 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.