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Centerstone Recognized by Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations

Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program Awarded 2012 Program of Excellence

Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, announced that its Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program was recognized as a 2012 Program of Excellence by the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO) at TAMHO’s annual Awards and Recognition ceremony in December 2012.

“We are honored that SSVF, which has helped low-income veteran families across Middle Tennessee attain permanent housing, has received this special award from TAMHO,” said Ben Middleton, Centerstone’s Chief Operating Officer for Clinic Services. “This program offers vital services to service members and their families who may be struggling to transition to life on the home front after a decade of war.”

The Program of Excellence Award spotlights TAMHO member organizations that find creative and groundbreaking ways to provide effective community-based services and programs. Centerstone’s SSVF Program, which is funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, has helped more than 200 very low-income veteran families in 14 Middle Tennessee counties who are at risk for homelessness transition to or maintain permanent housing. The program, which has received funding for an additional year, serves veterans in the following Tennessee counties: Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson.

Because of the success of the SSVF Program and the level of leadership Centerstone has demonstrated, the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans chose the organization to mentor and orient new homelessness prevention programs being created across the nation.

In addition to the award for SSVF, Centerstone’s CEO Dr. Bob Vero received the TAMHO Service Award in recognition of his two decades of service as a member of the organization’s board of directors, and Centerstone client Matt Cline was honored with the Personal Courage Award for his inspirational recovery from both depression and alcoholism, co-occurring disorders that he battled for more than 20 years.

For more information about the SSVF Program or to learn more about Centerstone, visit www.centerstone.org.

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 55 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves 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 visit www.centerstone.org.