Centerstone Research Institute Secures $1.7 Million Federal Grant

New Funds Will Create and Evaluate Prevention Programs and Services for Adolescents at Risk for Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS

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 it has secured a $1.7 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). The five-year grant will be used to create and evaluate comprehensive, culturally sensitive, evidence-based services designed to prevent or reduce the onset of substance abuse and transmission of HIV/AIDS among adolescents, particularly within the African-American and Latino communities, in 13 counties in Middle Tennessee.

“Adolescents with substance abuse disorders are more likely to be sexually active, have greater numbers of partners, and initiate sexual activity at younger ages. Risky behaviors such as these contribute enormously to the spread of HIV/AIDS,” said Dennis Morrison, Ph.D., CEO of CRI. “The rate of HIV/AIDS infection among Tennessee’s young people is already very concerning. We hope that, by offering culturally accessible resources to help adolescents prevent and combat substance abuse, we can ultimately assist in reducing the transmission of HIV/AIDS throughout Middle Tennessee.”

As a part of the new grant secured by CRI, Centerstone will receive funds to create evidence-based, multi-cultural outreach and prevention services for 450 adolescents in 13 Middle Tennessee counties. CRI will conduct a study to determine the efficacy of the outreach and prevention services. Individuals who participate in Centerstone’s program will be evaluated on the following outcomes: substance abuse status, HIV risk behavior, level of education, juvenile justice involvement, and social connectedness. Data will be collected prior to individuals beginning the program, immediately following program completion, and six months after program completion.

In addition to its services that reach the 450 adolescents, Centerstone will conduct extensive outreach and provide education to 1,500 community stakeholders as well as offer substance abuse/HIV training to an additional 300 stakeholders. Services will be executed within local community centers, schools and other venues. Additionally, Centerstone will provide rapid HIV testing, counseling, and referral for all participants. An advisory council comprised of representatives from local and state agencies, community organizations, participants and family members will provide oversight throughout the length of the project, looking toward sustainability beyond the grant period.

The grant will serve adolescents in the following Tennessee counties: Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson.

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.