Centerstone to Present at 2011 National HIV Prevention Conference and SAMHSA Grantee Meeting

Staff members to discuss findings from Be Aware, a substance abuse and HIV prevention program in Middle Tennessee

Nashville, Tenn.—Staff members from Centerstone and Centerstone Research Institute will present a poster at the National HIV Prevention Conference and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention 2011 Minority AIDS Initiative Grantee Meeting, which are being held August 14-17, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency and Marriott Atlanta Marquis hotels in Atlanta.

Charles Brown, Ph.D., Centerstone Research Institute Program Evaluator, Doris Vaughan, M.Ed., Director of Prevention Services at Centerstone, and Emily Glen, MS, Program Coordinator at Centerstone, will share a poster presentation titled, “Centerstone’s Be Aware Program: Preventing Substance Abuse and HIV Among Minority Young Adults in Middle Tennessee.” Be Aware is a substance abuse and HIV prevention program designed to reduce the onset of substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among minority young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 years old in six Middle Tennessee counties.

Brown, Vaughan and Glen will provide an overview of a community-wide needs assessment workgroup that was established to analyze the critical needs of the communities served by the program and identify existing resources that relate to substance abuse and HIV prevention for young adults in the area. They will describe the methods used to conduct the community needs assessment, offer a summary of key findings, and discuss the challenges faced and lessons learned during the information gathering process. The session is set to take place on August 17 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Skyline Level of the Marriott Atlanta Marquis.

The National HIV Prevention Conference and SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention 2011 Minority AIDS Initiative Grantee Meetings bring together more than 3,000 individuals who are working to stop the spread of HIV in the United States, and provide an opportunity to continue refining, improving and strengthening the national response to the HIV epidemic.

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities and 170 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves more than 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357.

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.