Paul Lefkovitz to Lead Workshops at 2009 NIATx Summit and SAAS Conference

Behavioral Pathways System President’s Sessions to Focus on Benchmarking for Organizational Excellence and Improved Outpatient Productivity

Bloomington, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.–Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a company of Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, today announced that Paul Lefkovitz, PhD, President of Behavioral Pathway Systems (BPS), a company of CRI, will be a featured speaker at the joint 2009 NIATx Summit and SAAS Conference. The annual meeting will be held July 30 – August 1, 2009 at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz.

During his workshop titled, “Benchmarking for Organizational Excellence in Addiction Treatment,” Dr. Lefkovitz will discuss the importance of measuring organizational performance through benchmarking, a tool that can promote ongoing organizational improvement. Dr. Lefkovitz’s benchmarking initiative is co-sponsored by SAAS, NIATx, and Behavioral Pathway Systems. Attendees will learn how benchmarking can transform static outcome data into actionable and dynamic information that can facilitate organizational excellence. This workshop will take place July 30 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Lefkovitz also will be presenting a second workshop, “Best Practices for Outpatient Productivity: A Process Benchmaking Workshop.” In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Lefkovitz will detail how benchmarking data can be used to identify best practices. Participants will learn how to independently conduct process benchmarking exercises and will discover new organizational strategies for significantly enhancing outpatient productivity. This workshop will take place July 30 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Lefkovitz is a licensed clinical psychologist whose work has encompassed clinical, administrative, research and consultative roles in the areas of behavioral health service delivery and performance measurement. Since 1974, he has held progressive leadership positions within the hospital and community-based sectors of the industry including several years at the CEO level. He has been an active contributor to professional literature and presents regularly at regional and national conferences. He is a past-president of the Association for Ambulatory Behavioral Healthcare and continues to serve on the National Advisory Panel of its Board of Directors. He is also immediate past-Chair of the Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Professional and Technical Advisory Committee. In addition, Dr. Lefkovitz served as a Clinical Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He was the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Partial Hospitalization and Continuum. Dr. Lefkovitz is active in behavioral health advocacy groups and serves on the Boards of Mental Health America in Indiana, The Indiana Mental Health Foundation, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Indianapolis Chapter.

Behavioral Pathway Systems (BPS, bpsys.org) is the industry leader in the provision of behavioral health benchmarking services. It is the vision of BPS to utilize benchmarking processes to identify and disseminate best practices in behavioral health and human service settings. BPS also offers a broad range of performance management, outcomes measurement, quality improvement and consultative services. BPS is at the cutting edge of innovation in assisting organizations to achieve excellence in the clinical, administrative and financial realms of performance.

About Centerstone Research Institute

Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a company of Centerstone, is linking science to clinical service through diverse privately and publicly funded research studies and community-based projects. The company works both independently and in collaboration with major academic institutions. Since 2001, CRI has conducted more than 110 service and clinical studies ranging from medication management for mental illness to suicide prevention in older adults. It has received more than $40 million in grants and philanthropic funds to support research and service. In 2008, CRI received the coveted Innovation Award from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare for its model to link research and practice in a community environment. CRI maintains an Institutional Review Board and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice. The company also offers Behavioral Pathway Systems, a best practices benchmarking service. For more information about CRI, visit www.centerstoneresearch.org.