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Two Centerstone Programs Recognized by Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations

Violence and Bullying Prevention Program Awarded 2010 Program of Excellence, Tennessee Recovery Project Receives Special Recognition

Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of mental health and addiction services, today announced that two of its programs were recognized by the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations (TAMHO) during the organization’s annual Awards and Recognition ceremony. Centerstone’s Violence and Bullying Prevention Program was named the 2010 Program of Excellence, and the Tennessee Recovery Project, for which Centerstone is one of five partner agencies, received special recognition.

“We are honored that Centerstone’s Violence and Bullying Prevention Program, which has helped schools, parents and students address evolving violence and bullying issues for nearly a decade, has received this award from TAMHO,” said Dr. Bob Vero, CEO of Centerstone. “We also are thrilled that the Tennessee Recovery Project, which brought together so many agencies to help heal our community after 2010’s floods, has been recognized.”

The Program of Excellence Award spotlights TAMHO member organizations that find creative and groundbreaking ways to provide effective community-based services and programs. Centerstone’s winning Violence and Bullying Prevention Program, which is funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Disabilities (TDMHDD), educates fourth and fifth grade students about conflict resolution strategies and skills to reduce incidents of violence and bullying. In collaboration with teachers and school administration, students learn empathy, social skills, anger management, personal responsibility, risk avoidance and school commitment. The Violence and Bullying Prevention program is offered in Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Maury and Montgomery counties. Since its inception, it has educated more than 6,000 children.

The Tennessee Recovery Project was honored by TAMHO for its role in providing counseling and support to those who were impacted by the severe storms, historic flooding and tornados that devastated much of Middle Tennessee in May 2010. Funded through a grant awarded to TDMHDD from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Tennessee Recovery Project provides free crisis counseling and educational information to individuals affected by the flood. Centerstone is one of five behavioral healthcare providers that received grant funding from TDMHDD to implement the Tennessee Recovery Project.

For more information about these programs, visit www.centerstone.org/tennessee-services.

Centerstone CEO, Bob Vero, and Centerstone Program Manager for Prevention Services, Camille Lashlee, accept the 2010 TAMHO Program of Excellence Award for the Violence and Bullying Prevention Program alongside Dick Blackburn, Executive Director for TAMHO

Photo Caption: Centerstone CEO, Bob Vero, and Centerstone Program Manager for Prevention Services, Camille Lashlee, accept the 2010 TAMHO Program of Excellence Award for the Violence and Bullying Prevention Program alongside Dick Blackburn, Executive Director for TAMHO.

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 60 facilities and 170 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves more than 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 or explore our website: www.centerstone.org.

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