Centerstone Research Institute CEO Dr. Dennis Morrison to Speak at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare 39th Annual Conference

Morrison To Lead Two Discussions at Leading Mental Health and Addictions Event

Bloomington, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a company of Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, today announced that its CEO, Dr. Dennis Morrison, will be a featured speaker during two sessions at the 39th annual National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (NCCBH) annual conference. Held April 6-8 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas, the conference will bring together world-renowned thinkers and the industry’s most respected leaders for three days of discussion, sessions and workshops.

During an informative session titled, “The New World: Does the Board Meet Organization’s Needs?” Morrison will address the challenges of maintaining an organizational board in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. He will offer an overview of the changes ahead for the industry, including those in financing, health information technology, accountability for outcomes, mergers and acquisitions and leadership turnover. Participants will have the opportunity to actively engage in dialogue, while examining how their own organization and board can keep up with a constantly changing industry.

This session takes place Monday, April 6, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Texas Ballroom, Salon F.

Additionally, Morrison will co-facilitate a discussion at the conference titled, “The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Really Does Improve Care and Compliance.” During this discussion, Morrison will team with Paul Stieber, Chief Information Officer of the Community Counseling Centers of Chicago, to provide a non-technical overview of the challenges, mistakes, successes, investments and payoffs of EHR implementation. This session takes place Monday, April 6, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Crockett A/B Room, 4th Floor.

Morrison has worked in the behavioral health field since 1969. He holds masters degrees in psychology and exercise physiology and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Ball State University.

From 1995 – May 2008, Morrison served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Behavioral Health (CBH) in Bloomington, Indiana. In May 2008, CBH affiliated with Quinco Behavioral Health Systems and Centerstone creating a $110 million multistate community-based provider organization serving 69,000 consumers each year. In order to integrate and manage the research and information technology services of the new organization, Centerstone Research Institute was formed, and Morrison was named CEO.

Morrison served in the United States Navy as an Aerospace Physiologist where he trained, among others, members of TOPGUN in aviation physiology and water survival. He is an instrument-rated pilot and an Adjunct Professor in the Aviation Technology Department of Indiana State University, where he teaches Aerospace Physiology.

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is the unifying voice of America’s behavioral health organizations. The 1,600 member organization serves the nation’s most vulnerable citizens – those with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. NCCBH is committed to providing comprehensive, quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and inclusion in all aspects of community life.

About The Centerstone Research Institute

The Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a company of Centerstone, is linking science to clinical service through diverse privately and publicly funded research studies and community-based projects. The company works both independently and in collaboration with major academic institutions. Since 2001, CRI has conducted more than 100 service and clinical studies ranging from medication management for mental illness to suicide prevention in older adults. CRI maintains an Institutional Review Board and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice. The company also offers Behavioral Pathway Systems, a best practices benchmarking service. For more information about CRI, visit http://www.centerstoneresearch.org/.