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Ridgeview’s Psychiatric Hospital and Center’s MATCH Program Wins National 2011 Science to Service Award

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research and information technology, today announced that Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital and Center, Inc.’s Modified Assertive Community Treatment for Co-Occurring Homeless (MATCH) program was selected as one of eleven nationwide winners from eight states for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2011 Science to Service Award. The annual award program recognizes public- and private- sector organizations as well as community–based coalitions that have worked to improve their communities and the lives of individuals by providing the best services possible.

The only Southeastern state awarded this distinction and the sole winner in the Co-Occurring category, MATCH was recognized for exemplary implementation of evidence-based interventions shown to effectively treat mental illnesses and substance abuse. CRI provided the evaluation component of the program, which measured client outcomes at six month intervals and demonstrated that MATCH participants achieved a substantially high rate of change in the following targeted areas: increased abstinence from alcohol and drugs, improvement in symptoms of mental illness, stability in safe/healthy housing, securing employment and improved overall quality of life.

“This award and the fact that the MATCH program has successfully served 326 clients to date, strongly indicates its effectiveness at enacting positive changes for people struggling with substance abuse in communities across the country,” said Tom Doub, Ph.D., COO of Centerstone Research Institute and lead evaluator for the project. “CRI is proud to play such a key role in making a dramatic difference in the lives of individuals struggling with rural homelessness in Tennessee.”

The annual award program recognizes public- and private- sector organizations as well as community–based coalitions that have worked to improve their communities and the lives of individuals by providing the best services possible.

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.

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