Dickson, Tenn. — A program advisory board of nine community leaders has been established to support the activities and expansion of the Regional Intervention Program (RIP) in Dickson County. RIP helps the families of preschool age children struggling with behavioral disorders. It is administered by Centerstone, Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services.
The board, all Dickson residents, includes:
- Ernestine Adams, an elementary education supervisor with the Dickson County school system
- Debbie Bogdan, the principal at The Discovery School in Dickson
- Marie Fossie, a retired teacher
- Linda Genella, retired from the Dickson County Board of Education
- Doris Grigsby, a community service assistant for the Dickson County Department of Children’s Services
- Margaret Martindale, a parent of a former RIP participant and Centerstone classroom coordinator
- Allison Parish, a parent of a former RIP participant and child advocate
- Leslie Rice, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Dickson
- Ellen Yancey, an educator with the Dickson County school system
RIP teaches families a new way of living by showing them how to promote positive, developmentally appropriate behavior in their children and minimize negative behavior.
“The advisory support that these devoted parents and professionals provide benefits the services RIP offers to families of preschool age children throughout the Dickson area,” said Janet Barrett, RIP coordinator. “The board members provide valuable advice and guidance. They also raise funds and help maintain program visibility within the community and government.”
The board members are involved in a regional fundraising campaign for Centerstone, contacting local citizens about RIP and encouraging their financial support. The group will coordinate an essay contest for children in grades K through 12 again this year. The contest theme is “celebrating families,” and students will be asked to write about people who have been important in their lives. The board members will work with the school system to organize the contest, solicit prize donations and judge the entries.