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Centerstone to Expand Health Information Technology for its “BE Well” Program with Additional SAMHSA Grant

Organization will utilize new technologies to continue improving both behavioral and physical health outcomes for people struggling with serious mental illnesses

Bloomington, Ind.—Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, today announced that it has received a one-year, $200,000 technical grant supplement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand the use of health information technology to improve health outcomes through its BE Well Program.

The new grant was secured by Centerstone Research Institute and is a supplement to the previously awarded four-year, $2-million grant Centerstone received in 2010 to create BE Well, a program designed to improve the overall health, wellness and quality of life for adults with serious mental illnesses. The program provides primary healthcare, screening and assessments, care management, prevention and wellness support services, and infrastructure to adults who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness, and helps them track their progress in order to improve their health status.

“Research shows that individuals with serious mental illnesses die 25 years earlier than the average American,” said Suzanne Koesel, CEO of Centerstone of Indiana. “Untreated physical health issues that impede both mental and physical health recovery are often the cause of this tragic disparity. BE Well was created to enhance the quality of life and wellness of those with serious mental illnesses by more closely integrating each person’s mental and physical healthcare. This new grant will give us the technological tools to make this bridge between mental and physical healthcare even more efficient and effective.”

With the new technical grant supplement, Centerstone will expand its software and electronic health record use for 250 BE Well program participants and more quickly identify both their behavioral health and primary care needs. The grant also will ensure that patient outcomes are tracked more efficiently and information can be shared more easily with physical health providers, including physicians, pharmacists, and medical laboratories, thereby enhancing preventative health efforts across both mental and physical healthcare settings.

Launched in January 2011, the BE Well program provides support services to adults in Monroe County, Indiana, who have been diagnosed with serious mental illnesses. To date, the pilot program has reported positive outcomes for more than 50 patients, including positive health indicators such as reduced fasting blood sugar levels and average weight loss of 11.97 pounds per person.

About Centerstone of Indiana
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to Indiana residents for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities in 17 Indiana counties, Centerstone serves more than 24,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. The organization also operates the Foster Care Select program in 24 counties. It is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 800-344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org.

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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