Bloomington, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research and information technology, announced today that it has secured a four-year $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The grant will fund improved healthcare services for 250 adults who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness by expanding primary healthcare and building critical partnerships and infrastructure within Centerstone of Indiana’s Bloomington clinic. The project is designed to give individuals who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness broader access to integrated services from both a multi-disciplinary primary care treatment team (i.e., a primary care physician, medical nurse practitioner, nurse/care managers, and a peer specialist) and behavioral health staff.
“This innovative grant will provide critical funding to expand primary healthcare services and infrastructure for adults who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness,” said Dennis Morrison, Ph.D., CEO of Centerstone Research Institute. “CRI will also be able to evaluate the project outcomes and data, which will provide key feedback for clinicians and program managers, further reducing the science to service gap in behavioral healthcare.”
Studies have shown that adults with a serious and persistent mental illness die 25 years earlier on average than Americans overall. In Monroe County and Bloomington, Ind., adults who have been diagnosed with mental illness and are accessing community-based mental healthcare are experiencing untreated physical health issues that are damaging their health status, impeding their path to recovery, diminishing their quality of life, and significantly shortening their lifespan. This project will bridge a significant gap in services in a region where few integrated care options exist, particularly for the local population with a serious mental illness.
Integrated care services offered will include screening/assessment and referral, primary care treatment and referral, primary care registry/tracking system, care management, prevention and wellness support services, processes for referral and follow-up, and transportation.
To evaluate the project, CRI Program Evaluators will examine its outcomes and participants’ responses to treatment and services using interviews with key personnel and consumers, observations of program activities and document reviews. CRI will also implement several evaluation measures including GPRA, NOMS, OQ-45, SF-36, and the Health Risk Appraisal. Evaluators will provide ongoing feedback to program managers, clinical staff, SAMHSA officials that will help inform decisions, guide implementation, identify improvements and assess overall program effectiveness.
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.