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Centerstone Research Institute Secures $2.25 Million SAMHSA Grant

Federal Grant to Expand Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment and Outreach Services for People at Risk for HIV/AIDS in South Central Indiana

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 $2.25 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The five-year grant will be used to expand and enhance access to structured, culturally competent care for adults in Southern Indiana who have substance abuse issues, and/or co-occurring mental health disorders, and are at-risk for HIV/AIDS. Linda Grove-Paul, Director of Addiction and Forensic Services for Centerstone, will serve as Principal Investigator for the grant and oversee services.

“Individuals with mental illnesses who abuse drugs and alcohol often may take part in other risky behaviors, such as sharing needles and having unprotected sex,” said Dennis Morrison, Ph.D., CEO of CRI. “Behaviors such as these are inextricably linked to the spread of HIV/AIDS. Providing these individuals with culturally accessible resources to help them manage their mental illnesses and get and stay sober has great potential helping to stop the spread of this devastating disease within our communities.”

At the end of 2007, a total of 9,168 persons were living with HIV/AIDS in Indiana. Recent data suggests that HIV trends are shifting in the state, with women representing 85 percent of the persons living with HIV/AIDS and minorities comprising 43 percent of HIV/AIDS cases diagnosed. The National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism report that using drugs and alcohol interfere with judgment, leading to activities such as sharing needle injection equipment and risky sexual behavior, which are central to the spread of HIV/AIDS. This project will address the unique needs of traditionally underserved minority groups facing mental health and substance abuse issues and at risk for HIV/AIDS, including African Americans, Asians, Hispanic/Latinos and other ethnic/racial groups, as well as individuals who have been released from prisons and jails within the past two years.

As part of the project, Centerstone will implement evidence-based services to treat participants’ mental health and substance abuse disorders, reduce costs related to these disorders and provide community education regarding HIV/AIDS and substance abuse within 11 targeted South Central Indiana counties. Using the evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) model, Centerstone will offer services that include intensive outpatient therapy, including individual and group counseling, intensive case management and aftercare as well as comprehensive community outreach and education.

Over the course of the grant’s five-year term, CRI will conduct a study to determine the efficacy of the project’s outreach and treatment services. Individuals who choose to participate will be evaluated on the following outcomes: substance abuse status, psychiatric symptomatology, HIV risk behavior, housing, and emergency service utilization. Data will be collected at admission to the program, discharge, and six months following discharge.

The 11 South Central Indiana counties covered by the grant include: Bartholomew, Brown, Clark, Decatur, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, and Owen.

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 www.centerstoneresearch.org.