Centerstone Receives SAMHSA Grant to Improve Substance Use Treatment and Care Coordination

Organization will create a web-enabled recovery system of care to enhance access to addiction treatment in five southern Indiana counties

Columbus, Ind.—Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, today announced that it has received a three-year, $840,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement a web-based Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC) that will improve access to substance use treatment services in Indiana. The grant was secured by Centerstone Research Institute and is part of a $25 million initiative by SAMHSA to expand the use of health information technology to increase access and treatment for behavioral health services for Americans in remote areas or in underserved populations.

“With this grant, Centerstone will be able to leverage technology to bring innovative recovery services to people in remote and rural areas who otherwise may not have access to treatment options,” said Linda Grove-Paul, Director of Addiction and Forensic Services at Centerstone. “The e-ROSC web portal also will help connect a person’s healthcare providers, giving physicians and other providers a better snapshot of a patient’s health and history and, ultimately, allow for earlier intervention, better access to services and healthier communities.”

A Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC) is an innovative approach to treating substance use and addictions that involves grassroots, and faith- and community-based organizations all working together to help people achieve recovery. Centerstone has established two ROSC programs in Indiana in which counselors, recovery coaches and local community partners collaborate to provide addiction recovery treatment services and resources to those struggling with substance use and other addictions. ROSC services are comprehensive and tailored to each individual’s need, making treatment more effective and successful for participants.

As part of the grant project, Centerstone will develop an e-ROSC web portal that integrates the ROSC treatment approach online in five Indiana counties: Brown, Lawrence, Morgan, Monroe and Owen. The new e-ROSC will allow people from more rural areas who typically do not have access to recovery services the opportunity to receive treatment and support virtually and manage their health and recovery through online support groups, blogs and text message alerts from counselors and recovery coaches.

Centerstone was one of 29 organizations awarded grants by SAMHSA to implement web-based services, behavioral health electronic applications and other technologies that will enhance communication between patients and healthcare providers to improve discussions about treatment options and decisions, and better manage health across more rural communities.

About Centerstone of Indiana
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction 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. The organization also operates the Foster Care Select program in 24 counties. It is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 800-344-8802.

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 and the 2010 Best Practices Award by The Data Warehousing Institute. For more information about CRI, please visit www.centerstoneresearch.org.