Centerstone Secures $1.5 Million Federal Grant to Implement Substance Use/HIV TN Prevention Services

Capacity building initiative targets at-risk young adults, including members of the military and college students, in six Tennessee counties

Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research and information technology, today announced that it has secured a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) to provide substance use and HIV prevention services to at-risk young adults in six Tennessee counties.

The focus area of Montgomery, Cheatham, Dickson, Houston, Robertson and Stewart counties, which is home to Fort Campbell Army Post and Austin Peay State University, was chosen for its high concentrations of young active duty military members and college students.

“Young adults are susceptible to many risky behaviors that can increase their chances of alcohol and drug addiction and HIV infection,” said Dr. Dennis Morrison, CEO of CRI. “Members of the military and college students are particularly predisposed to activities that can put them at risk. This grant will allow us to launch programs specifically designed to help equip these young adults with the knowledge, resources and tools to promote healthier life choices and prevent substance abuse and the spread of HIV.”

The grant will fund the implementation of comprehensive, age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, evidence-based services that will prevent or reduce the onset of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. Project staff will offer services at diverse venues including college campuses, area hospitals and community centers that serve members of the military or veterans. As part of the grant program, outreach and education will be provided to 5,000 young adults. Additionally, 180 community stakeholders will be trained in the risk and prevalence of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS, including symptoms, prevention needs and tools, and treatment services. Twenty-four of these stakeholders will be trained to sustain services beyond the grant.

To evaluate the project, CRI will examine participants’ outcomes and responses to treatment and services using interviews with and surveys of key personnel, observations of program activities and document reviews. CRI also will implement several evaluation measures that will provide ongoing feedback to program managers, clinical staff and SAMHSA officials and help inform decisions, guide implementation, identify improvements and assess overall program effectiveness. This project will assist in informing the prevention field about effective substance abuse and HIV prevention efforts for similar at-risk young adult populations nationwide.

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.