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Centerstone Research Institute Secures $1 Million Grant for Services for Veterans in Middle Tennessee

Funding will increase access to housing support and related supportive services for low-income veterans and their families

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving behavioral healthcare through research and information technology, has secured a $1 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs that will provide support and services to homeless and very low-income veterans and their families at immediate risk of homelessness in fourteen Middle Tennessee counties. The grant was part of nearly $60 million in funding awarded to homeless services providers across the country for the Department’s new Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program.

“With more than 700 homeless veterans’ families and as many as 8,500 veterans’ families at risk for homelessness in the Middle Tennessee area, there is a very real and pressing need for services to support this population,” said Dennis Morrison, Ph.D., CEO of Centerstone Research Institute. “This grant will provide funding to bridge the service gap that exists and conduct outreach throughout this region, from city streets to rural communities as far as 60 miles away from the nearest Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We are honored to be able to serve this population and are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our veterans and their families.”

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 46-55 percent of Tennessee’s low-income veterans and their families have housing affordability problems – among the highest percentages in the nation. The grant will be implemented by Centerstone and will fund supportive services for 200-250 low income veterans’ families in Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, Wilson, and Montgomery counties.

Services provided by the grant include outreach, case management, assistance obtaining VA benefits, and assistance obtaining and coordinating other public benefits. Centerstone will collaborate with local community providers to coordinate healthcare, daily living, legal, and childcare services for program participants, as well as provide financial planning, income support, and housing counseling and search services.

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.

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