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Centerstone Commends Senate Leaders for Passage to Establish a Nationwide Three-Digit Phone Number for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation unanimously cleared a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Gardner, Baldwin, Moran, and Reed on Dec. 11, 2019, to designate 988 as the national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. Centerstone applauds Senators Cory Gardner, Tammy Baldwin, and Jerry Moran for their efforts in passing the bill– ...

Legislative Advocacy

It’s time for Congress to establish a national mental health crisis number

First published on TheHill.com. The success of 9-1-1, our nation’s emergency service hotline, is undeniable. In an instant, Americans can reach police, fire and emergency services from anywhere in the country. It’s hard to fathom that before the adoption of 9-1-1, Americans had to dial the individual numbers to their local police station, fire department ...

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CEO David Guth’s Statement on FCC’s Hearing

David C. Guth, Jr., CEO of Centerstone, has issued a statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s Dec. 12 hearing suggesting 988 as a three-digit phone line for suicide prevention and mental health crisis response: “We applaud the Federal Communications Commission and Chairman Ajit Pai for their on-going leadership to designate 988 as a national three-digit ...

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Lauren Conaboy Named to Business Insider’s Healthcare Power Players List

Business Insider selected Lauren Conaboy for its Healthcare Power Players List. The list features 34 healthcare leaders shaping healthcare policy and legislation. As Centerstone’s VP of National Policy, Lauren works to advance policy and regulatory initiatives that seek to ensure everyone has access to mental health and addiction care services. Currently, Lauren is leading a ...

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Becky Stoll Featured Panelist at 3-Digit Suicide Prevention Hotline Congressional Briefing

Reps. Seth Moulton and Chris Stewart will join a panel of experts and advocates to discuss how a three-digit number for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline could transform access to mental health services in America. Panelists include Centerstone’s Becky Stoll, Vice President for Crisis & Disaster Management; Melissa Bryant, National Legislative ...

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Over 40 Organizations Urge Congress to Adopt a Nationwide Three-Digit Phone Number for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Support for the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act is led by national organizations dedicated to increasing Americans’ access to quality, evidence-based mental health care and suicide prevention services Centerstone and a coalition of over 40 other behavioral healthcare organizations and nonprofits extend its strong support for H.R. 4194 – The National Suicide Hotline Designation Act ...

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CEO David Guth’s Statement on FCC Report

David C. Guth, Jr., CEO of Centerstone, has issued a statement on the Federal Communications Commission’s report on the National Suicide Hotline Improvement Act of 2018:   “We applaud the Federal Communications Commission for their work over the last year in exploring the feasibility and need for a national three-digit phone line to be designated ...

Addiction

Where We Stand: Support the OPPS Act

Dozens of bills produced by the House of Representatives recently became Centerstone’s top priorities. Among them, the Opioid Prevention and Patient Safety Act (OPPS Act) (H.R.5795) is the most controversial and hotly contested among lawmakers and stakeholders. These bills and the Protecting Jessica Grubb’s Legacy Act (S 1012) in the Senate – ensure that medical ...

Addiction

Mental Health Access Improvement Act

Following a rough-and-tumble start to the 116th Congress, policies that could positively impact Centerstone are once again being introduced. Congress passed sweeping opioid legislation entitled the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act last year, but omitted a couple of our priorities from the final law. Background Recently, the U.S. House and U.S. Senate both reintroduced ...

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Addiction

Need Help with Addiction? Treatment Options Available

The Indiana State Senate Committee on Health & Provider Services recently held a hearing on Senate Bill 33 to establish certification and a grant program for comprehensive addiction recovery centers to be administered by the division of mental health and addiction (division). ...

Legislative Advocacy

Three Ways Elected Leaders Can Change Healthcare

We are witnessing the first reduction in life expectancy for young American adults since the 1960s as a result of overdoses and suicides. This chilling trend has left a lasting impact on our families, communities, and economy. According to a 2017 National Safety Council survey, 70% of employers reported their business had been affected by ...

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Statement from Dr. Rick Shelton on SUPPORT Act

We applaud both the House of Representatives and the Senate for drafting and passing the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, designed to curb a growing national opioid crisis, which claimed more than 70,000 American lives last year. As a front-lines provider of evidence-based behavioral health services, we at Centerstone see the vast opportunities this ...

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Call Your Senators and Representatives Today / Next Week

The U.S. Senate is now scheduled to vote on the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 on Monday, September 17. Upon anticipated passage, leaders in the House and Senate are expected to quickly reconcile differences between the two chambers’ bills. While the existing legislation represents critical steps in addressing the opioid and drug epidemic that ...

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A Call for Your Advocacy

Last month, Centerstone’s Legislative Advocacy team shared the anticipated timeline of a Senate vote on their version of an opioid package, noting it could come anywhere between July and December, 2018. They are now hearing that the Senate could vote on their version of an opioid package starting sometime next week. The team wants to offer ...

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Statement from CEO David Guth on OPPS Act

We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for their critical work in passing the Opioid Prevention and Patient Safety Act (OPPS Act). This legislation will allow health care providers to practice truly integrated care – a key factor in our nation’s fight against the opioid epidemic. The OPPS Act will update an antiquated regulation – ...

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TAKE ACTION: Today’s Push for Support for Part 2 Legislation

On Wednesday, June 20, the Opioid Prevention and Patient Safety Act (OPPS Act) (H.R.6082) will go to the House floor for a full House vote. Centerstone has encouraged you to reach out to your representatives to make your support for the OPPS Act known and today, the final push is on. This is your last chance to ...

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TAKE ACTION: to Combat Addiction

Wednesday, June 20, the U.S. House of Representatives is slated to vote on the Opioid Prevention and Patient Safety Act (OPPS Act) (H.R. 6082), critical legislation in our nation’s fight against the opioid epidemic. We encourage our legislators to support this bill to ensure that health care providers have the information they need to accurately ...

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TAKE ACTION: Urge Support for Part 2 Legislation Now

Last week, dozens of bills produced by the House of Representatives became Centerstone’s top priorities. Among them, the Opioid Prevention and Patient Safety Act (OPPS Act) (H.R.5795) is the most controversial and hotly contested among lawmakers and stakeholders. The OPPS Act passed the House Energy & Commerce Committee last week, and will be up for ...

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Centerstone Opens Office in Washington DC for Legislative Advocacy

Centerstone has opened a new office at 440 1st Street NW, Suite 430, Washington, DC 20002 for the Legislative Advocacy staff. Centerstone’s space is housed within the larger office of Horizon Government Affairs (parent company of coalition groups Health IT Now and the Opioid Safety Alliance, of which Centerstone is a part) as well as ...

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Watch David Guth’s Testimony on Opioid Crisis Before Congressional Committee

David Guth recently testified before the House Subcommittee on Health’s “Combating the Opioid Crisis: Improving the Ability of Medicare and Medicaid to Provide Care For Patients,” a series of hearings to uncover solutions to growing opioid abuse across the U.S. David participated in one of the final sessions of the hearings: a panel of five behavioral health ...

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Centerstone CEO Testifies on Opioid Crisis before Congressional Committee

Today, April 12, the House Energy and Commerce committee’s Subcommittee on Health will conclude its series of legislative hearings aimed at finding solutions to growing opioid abuse across the United States. David C. Guth, Jr., CEO of Centerstone, will discuss our nation’s ability to use current resources to treat and care for those with opioid ...

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Opioid Epidemic Gets Billions in Appropriations: Now What?

Last week, Congress passed the FY2018 Omnibus Spending Bill, which awards $1.3 trillion across all government-funded programs. Funding levels in this bill are effective through the end of FY2018 – Sept. 30, 2018. The package includes a $3 billion increase to address the addiction crisis, making a total investment of $7.4 billion for 32 key programs ...

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FY2018 Omnibus Spending Bill’s Affect On Addiction

President Trump signed a $1.3 trillion federal budget into law today. The massive budget, consisting of more than 2,322 pages of text, will fund the government through the end of September 2018. The bipartisan agreement promises $500 billion in both domestic and defense programs for two years. On the opioid front, this funding is intended ...

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CEO David Guth’s Statement on Opioid Crisis Hearing

David Guth, CEO of Centerstone has issued a statement on the two-day Energy and Commerce House Hearing on Prevention and Public Health Solutions to Combat the Opioid Crisis: “For the next two days, lawmakers will convene to discuss more than 20 proposed bills designed to help our nation better fight the opioid epidemic. With more ...

Legislative Advocacy

Centerstone Launches Legislative Advocacy Page

As a nation, we are increasingly aware of the toll the opioid epidemic is having on our county. This public health epidemic claims more than 100 American lives every single day and is currently the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 50. As a country, we must do better to ensure those ...