Centerstone to Present at the 2011 National Council Mental Health and Addictions Conference

Organization executives and board members to present on topics including combating cyberbullying and managing successful mergers and acquisitions

Bloomington, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of communit-ybased behavioral healthcare, today announced several of its executives and board members will be participating in the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s 41st National Council Mental Health and Addictions conference. The conference, which brings together practitioners from across the country to share best practices and plans for a better future for those with mental illnesses and addictions, will be held May 2-4, 2011, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, Calif.

Centerstone’s presentations and workshops are as follows:

  • Shooting Ourselves in the Foot: Why We Are Our Own Worst Enemies! (Tuesday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., IdeaTalks Pavilion, Manchester Foyer, Second Level): David Guth, President and CEO of Centerstone of America will examine a new angle on challenges the behavioral health system face – its own self-defeating beliefs, attitudes and language – and explore how these challenges can be overcome.
  • Help Combat Cyberbullying (Tuesday, May 3, 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Manchester C, Second Level): In a Lunch ‘n’ Learn session, Dennis Morrison, PhD, CEO of Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) and former FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate, JD, will discuss the devastating and irreversible consequences of cyberbullying. Attendees will explore the uniquely dangerous nature of cyberbullying; its prevalence and frequency; and resources for students and youth, government, nonprofits, and others to help combat the insidious effects of cyberbullying. Attendees also will learn how they can advocate increasing federal protection for the staggering 42% of children who have been bullied online.
  • Mergers and Affiliations: What Works and What Doesn’t (Tuesday, May 3, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Manchester G, Second Level): David Guth, Jr. of Centerstone; Gail Hutchings, MPA, President and CEO of Behavioral Health Policy Collaborative, LLC; Jeff Richardson, MBA, MSW, Executive Director of Mosaic Community Services; A. John Rose, Chair of the Centerstone Board of Directors; and Fred Winer, Board President or Mosaic Community Services will participate in workshop that explores the critical areas to address when considering a merger, possible implementation strategies, and the best and worst ingredients of a successful merger.

Posters Centerstone will present include:

  • Seeking Safety: Trauma-Focused Therapy for Addictions and Co-occurring Disorders (Monday, May 2, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the Manchester Foyer, Second Level): Kathryn Bowen, CRNP, MS, PhD, Director of Program Evaluation at CRI will present a poster about Project FREE and how the Matrix Model, a 16-week, manualized, cognitive behavioral treatment approach was used to successfully treat men and women with addictions and co-occurring disorders living in five rural Tennessee counties.
  • Taking Advantage of New Opportunities: Accountable Care (Tuesday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Manchester Foyer, Second Level): Bob Siegmann, LCSW, MBA, VP for Healthcare Integration, EAP and Lean Sigma at Centerstone of Indiana, will consider the steps necessary for a behavioral health organization to become an effective partner of an Accountable Care Organization. He also will discuss Health Navigator training for adults, youth and families, a tool to track physical health indicators, and other cutting edge strategies.

Centerstone Research Institute also will host a pre-conference event, the Knowledge Network Summit, on Sunday, May 1. The Summit will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Participants will review initiatives of the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance of community-based mental health centers, academic researchers, behavioral health advocates, industry leaders and policymakers. The Knowledge Network works to transform behavioral healthcare by facilitating the translation of research findings into clinical practice and examining challenges and solutions in four key areas: research, technology, implementation and policy.

In addition to discussions on the Knowledge Network, the Summit will feature a panel, “Research-Based Behavioral Healthcare: Past, Present, and Future.” Moderated by CRI’s Dr. Morrison, the panel will feature Charles Curie, MA, ACSW, The Curie Group, LLC; Kathryn Power, MEd, Director, CMHS; Mary Ruffolo, MSW, PhD, University of Michigan School of Social Work; and Linda Rosenberg, MSW, President & CEO, National Council.

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, is the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare. It provides a full range of mental health, addiction and related educational services to more than 75,000 individuals of all ages each year. The organization has nearly 130 facilities and 220 partnership locations throughout Indiana and Tennessee. It also operates the Centerstone Foundation; the Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), which is improving mental healthcare through innovative research and information technology; Not Alone, which provides confidential, no-cost support and mental health services to service members, combat veterans and their loved ones; and Advantage Behavioral Health, a behavioral health administrative management organization. For more information about Centerstone, please visit www.centerstone.org.