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Centerstone Receives Grant Awards to Create Women’s Transitional Housing Program

Thanks to a special grant award from the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Centerstone will open a transitional housing and treatment program for women with substance use disorder.

Tina Peterson, CFBMC President and CEO, announced a grant award of $50,000 during the foundation’s Annual Meeting.  Peterson spoke about the importance of the project, “Women with addictions are much less likely to seek and receive treatment due to many barriers, including fear of social stigma, domestic violence, lack of adequate childcare, or fear of legal intervention that may result in the loss of their children.  Similar programs in Indiana that allow young children to stay with their mothers are showing tremendous and promising long-term trajectories for women and children. ” Peterson added, “Centerstone has the staff, the training, and the expertise to support these women and their children and we are grateful for the opportunity to support their life-changing work.”

By leveraging this funding with a grant from Indiana’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA), this Bloomington-based program, scheduled to open in early 2018, will provide a safe therapeutic environment to serve as a bridge between initial treatment and re-entry into the community with priority given to pregnant women and those with young children.  The facility will be home for up to six women and, when appropriate, their children. In addition to housing and treatment, programs will help women develop the coping, life, and parenting skills necessary for recovery, self-sufficiency, and stability.

Centerstone is committed to working with community partners to provide evidence-based programs designed to address opioid abuse issues.  Several initiatives are currently under development in other counties where Centerstone is the core provider of behavioral health and substance abuse services.