Centerstone Receives National Science and Service Award

SAMHSA Recognizes Centerstone’s Methamphetamine Treatment Program for Positive Client Outcomes

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, today announced it has received a 2010 Science and Service Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Acknowledged in the “Treatment of Substance Abuse and Recovery Support Services” category, Centerstone’s Methamphetamine Evidence-based Treatment and Healing (METH) program was recognized by SAMHSA for consistently showing positive outcomes for the individuals and families Centerstone serves.

Centerstone launched its METH program at the 607B South Polk Street office in Tullahoma, Tenn. in 2004, utilizing the Matrix Model of Intensive Outpatient Treatment. The program served six rural Tennessee counties from 2004-2009, making the evidence-based practice accessible in a high-need region of the state. Due to the success of the program, Centerstone subsequently implemented its Project For Recovery, Encouragement and Empowerment (Project FREE), an outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment program.

“Methamphetamine abuse is one of the most dangerous drug problems in Tennessee and throughout the nation,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “By providing evidence-based mental health treatment services in rural communities most affected by meth use, we have helped many individuals and families overcome addiction and reclaim their lives. To have our efforts recognized by SAMHSA is certainly a great honor.”

Selected and evaluated by the Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), Centerstone’s Matrix Model implementation consistently shows positive outcomes for clients, with the METH project evaluation producing the most comprehensive results to date. After six months in the program, treatment results showed a 50 percent reduction in drug use. Staff also found a significant increase on the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) scores from intake to six-month follow-up for program participants who: did not use alcohol or illegal drugs, had no past 30 days arrests, were currently employed or attending school and who experienced no alcohol or illegal drug related health, behavioral or social consequences. From baseline to six- and 12-month follow-ups, all program clients reported statistically significant improvements in all eight areas of physical and mental health domains.

SAMHSA’s Science and Service Awards are non-monetary awards designed to recognize community-based organizations and coalitions that successfully have implemented one or more recognized evidence-based interventions. Ken Stewart (pictured below), Regional Director for Centerstone’s Southeast Region, accepted the award on the organization’s behalf.

Ken Stewart holding Centerstone's Science and Service Award

For more information about Centerstone’s Project FREE, call 931-461-1360.

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 CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or explore our website: www.centerstone.org.