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Centerstone Receives Military Ready Designation

Centerstone has been designated as military ready, with a four star distinction from the Indiana Veterans Behavioral Health Network. The first Indiana mental health center to receive the four star distinction, Centerstone has demonstrated ease of treatment access, organizational readiness, outreach and marketing efforts, support for veterans and families, tracking mechanisms, and a strong staff development program in order to achieve the distinction.

Centerstone services for veterans include:

  • Not Alone Website including training education, workshops, retreats, forums, blogs, and social networking for building a community of support as well as a 24-hour crisis line (Visit www.notalone.com or call 1-866-781-8010 for immediate assistance.)
  • Face-to-Face Counseling with local mental health treatment provided by licensed, clinical professionals trained specifically to work with military veterans, couples and their families (Services can often be provided either free of charge or at a reduced fee.)
  • Addictions Services with a full range of services for most stages of the disease of addiction including education, individual, group and family therapy
  • Walk-In Clinics with no appointment is necessary, individuals are seen on a first come, first served basis for initial mental health assessments (Contact Centerstone at 800-344-8802 for more information, locations and hours)
  • Indiana Veterans Behavioral Health Network to increase accessibility of mental health treatment for Indiana veterans and their families with a matrix of care for rural veterans, referral and reimbursement process assistance as well as workshops, education and support (Visit www.ivbhn.org for more information.)
  • Crisis Line with 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, emergency mental health care and suicide prevention at 800-832-5442.

Reaching the designation required about a year of work according to Centerstone Director of Clinic Services Thelma Chandler, who leads efforts by the organization to provide mental health assistance to veterans. “Centerstone has at least a dozen clinical staff members knowledgeable in behavioral health issues unique to veterans and their families,” said Chandler.

Centerstone clinical staff use evidence-based interventions to treat the veteran population. Additionally, Centerstone has Telehealth equipment allowing veterans access to Veterans Administration Medical Centers services. Telehealth equipment is available through the Centerstone clinic in Rushville.

“Achieving the four star readiness distinction indicates a strong commitment to providing quality behavioral health care to veterans in Indiana,” said ASPIN Project Director of the Indiana Veterans Behavioral Health Network Bob Strange.

The Military-Ready Behavioral Health Provider Organization Designation program was established by the Indiana Veterans Behavioral Health Network to create a network of veteran-friendly behavioral health providers and improve veteran access to services.

For more information about Centerstone services for veterans visit http://centerstone.org/services-for-veterans.

About Centerstone of Indiana

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health, substance use disorder, and integrated health services to Indiana residents for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities in 17 Indiana counties, Centerstone serves more than 24,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. It is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 800-344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org.