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Centerstone’s ‘Building Strong Families’ Program Hosts 2nd Annual Conference Focused on Combating Drug Abuse and Creating Healthy Communities

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone’s Building Strong Families program, in conjunction with the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition, recently hosted a two-day conference at Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma, Tenn. aimed at curbing substance abuse and strengthening Tennessee’s families.

More than 200 people attended the Building Strong Families Conference, including community professionals in law enforcement, mental health treatment, social work, education and more. Over the two days, attendees attended sessions focused on creating healthy communities, increasing access to treatment for addiction and drug abuse and educating community members about prevention and wellness.

Tennessee Department of Mental Health Commissioner Doug Varney and Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Kathryn O’Day both keynoted the event, encouraging community members and organizations to heed the conference message and collaborate in the battle against substance abuse.

“The event was a huge success,” said Cindy Cothran, Project Manager for Centerstone’s Building Strong Families program. “I was most impressed by the diverse group of people that came together for a common cause. Probation officers, teachers, community mental health experts, social workers, law enforcement and many others were all anxious to learn more about substance abuse, how it affects families and how to put a stop to it in our communities. The collaboration was inspiring.”

In addition to the Commissioners’ keynote addresses, other area and state leaders participated in panel discussions at the event covering topics such as drug abuse, grief after suicide, substance abuse intervention, prevention, how to positively impact a community and much more.

A selection of speeches and presentations from the event can be downloaded from the Building Strong Families website at buildingstrongfamiliesgrant.org.

Building Strong Families is a community-based program funded through a five year grant from the Administration of Children and Families and managed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health. The program provides intensive family preservation to children ages 0-18, and their families, in eight Tennessee counties: Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore and Warren. Administered at no cost to those who qualify, it is a collaboration of the Administrative Office of the Courts, Centerstone of Tennessee, Centerstone Research Institute, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services and The Tennessee Department of Mental Health.

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 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves nearly 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.

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