• Campaign4MH Campaign for Mental Health

Luellen-TN3CRI Names Jason Luellen Senior Fellow

Centerstone Research Institute recently appointed Jason Luellen, PhD, as its first Senior Fellow, a designation for technical and mathematical experts who are instrumental to the organization’s growth and expansion.

As Senior Fellow, Dr. Luellen will develop the strategy and vision to advance technical, analytical and research programs from concept to sunset. He also will serve as a thought leader for Centerstone Research Institute and foster strategic partnerships to support the institute and its initiatives.

Luellen has been with Centerstone Research Institute for seven years, most recently serving as manager of analytics in research and technology. In this role, he supervised staff and contractors under the research and mental health technology division of analytics. He played an integral role in the design of Enlighten AnalyticsTM, a behavioral health business intelligence platform that helps behavioral health organizations harness the power of their data to reduce costs, improve operations and enhance patient care.

He also served as senior statistical analyst at the research institute where he led a number of technical projects for the evaluation division and data analytics department, and provided consultation and statistical training to program evaluators.

CRI Releases National Data Warehouse Whitepaper

CRI has released a whitepaper on its National Data Warehouse, a data store from 14 community mental health organizations covering more than 1,100 separate clinical practice locations across 13 states. The National Data Warehouse is a continuously growing database including details on more than 480,000 people, 23 million service records, 4.5 million prescriptions, 1.9 million diagnoses and other clinical, administrative and outcome data points. Download the National Data Warehouse Whitepaper

Bill Midgett smRev. Bill Midgett Appointed to Board

Rev. Bill Midgett has recently been appointed to CRI’s Board of Directors. Rev. Midgett will serve a two-year term and provide strategic direction and oversight to guide the organization.

Rev. Midgett is the founding rector of Christ the King Anglican Church in Decherd, Tenn., which was established in 2008. He served as rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Winchester, Tenn., from 2001 to 2008. Rev. Midgett holds a Master of Divinity degree from Sewanee: The University of the South and a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied science from Columbia Pacific University. Prior to his work at Trinity Episcopal, he was an electric utility and nuclear power consultant and served in the U.S. Navy as a qualified nuclear electric operator. View CRI’s Board of Directors 

CRI Featured in Open Minds

CRI’s coactionHealth program was recently featured in an Open Minds story discussing the problem of superutilizers, “the small percentage of the population that is responsible for the majority of health care spending.” The article addressed the elements of coactionHealth and its work in mental health technology, which includes using smartphones, HIPPA-compliant telemedical services and mobile apps to help users maintain their health and get the help they need. The full article can be found here.

Kathryn Mathes, PhDKathryn Mathes Receives 2015 Howard T. McClung Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership

Kathryn Mathes, PhD, VP of Evaluation and Research, was recently honored with the 2015 Howard T. McClung Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership, which recognizes her leadership excellence in the face of immeasurable challenges. The Howard T. McClung Memorial Award is given each year to a CRI employee who demonstrates leadership and professional excellence. Read More

“Playing Media Games With Wellbeing (And I Don’t Mean Dr. Oz)”

Article By Howard Homonoff for Forbes.com
Tracking mobile mental health apps is like journeying up a massive mountain you believe you can summit only to realize, after trekking for the designated number of days, that you are no where near the peek. In a recent article, Playing Media Games With Wellbeing (And I Don’t Mean Dr. Oz)Howard Homonoff offered an insightful view of the many developments in digital media — namely gaming. He concluded the well-researched article with a highlight of the “obstacles to blending the fun of games and the serious job of promoting mental wellbeing.” CRI’s iThrive is among the initiatives discussed.

Tom Doub, PhDBehavioral Nonprofits Must Seize the Moment

Editorial featured in Executive Insight by Tom Doub
Depending on who you speak with, behavioral health providers feel that we’re either blessed with favorable tailwinds or stuck in stormy weather. There’s a strong divide between the gloomy/reactive outlook of nonprofit community-based providers and the optimistic/entrepreneurial view of for-profit companies in our field. Read the editorial

CRI Releases appImpact, Guide to Using Mobile Tech in Behavioral Healthcare

In collaboration with the D.N. Batten Foundation, Centerstone Research Institute has released appImpact, a guide to integrating mental health technology into behavioral healthcare. From selection and implementation to evaluation, appImpact offers behavioral healthcare providers the framework needed to realize improved outcomes and cost savings through the use of mobile technologies in healthcare—otherwise known as mHealth. Download the appImpact Guide

Engagement: The Key to Complex Care

A blog by Tom Doub published in HIT Leaders and News
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 25 percent of all Americans – and 75 percent of those over age 65 – are dealing with multiple chronic conditions. A landmark study by the Center for Health Care Strategies found that about two-thirds of Medicaid patients with the five most common chronic physical conditions – asthma/COPD, congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, diabetes and hypertension – also have a behavioral health comorbidity like depression or substance abuse. Read Article

Why Spend $3,000 on a $3 Problem?

A blog by Tom Doub published in Healthcare Financial Management Association
Ambulance rides resulting from unnecessary 911 calls waste millions of dollars each year. The waste comes from spending $3,000 to solve what often is a $3 problem. In cities such as Los Angeles, basic ambulance transport runs about $1,100, and a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that a visit to the emergency department (ED) averages more than $2,100. Read Article

Improving Outcomes and Reducing Costs for Superutilizers

In our recent #mhTech Media Roundup, we highlighted several health apps designed to meet the needs of a variety of mental/health issues, also noting that there is still room for improvement. Some mobile apps are already making huge improvements in the cost and quality of care in treating Medicaid superutilizers – those with more than $25,000 in annual healthcare costs. CRI’s coactionHealth initiative – a clinical intervention model that integrates mHealth and data analytics into Read more…