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Effects of Intensive Family Preservation Services in Rural Tennessee on Parental Hopefulness with Families Affected by Substance Abuse

This article describes how Building Strong Families in Rural Tennessee (BS-FinRT) increased hopefulness and helped to promote the policy goal of developing a recovery focus among families with vulnerabilities. These outcomes were achieved by implementing collaborative strategies for addressing issues of child safety, substance use, and family stability. Early analyses of the program’s outcomes indicated an unexpected positive influence on parent and child hopefulness. Further analyses found that changes in hope between baseline and discharge Read more…

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…

AppImpact Ensures Better Outcomes, Greater Savings

There are now close to 3 million Android and Apple (iOS) apps on the market – and one research firm estimates that more than 100,000 of them are mHealth apps. This presents a tremendous opportunity in behavioral health because of the widespread use of mobile devices. A recent Pew Research study found that more than 90 percent of Americans own a cell phone – and 64 percent own smartphones. To make it easier for organizations Read more…

CRI Launches Services to Help Organizations Track, Measure and Leverage Data

Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) has announced the launch of two new products, OutcomeSolutions and Evaluation Services. Using the expertise and 70 collective years of experience, CRI’s team of evaluators provides organizations with “low touch” or “high touch” solutions to their program evaluation needs. Both of these offerings are designed to help organizations track, measure, analyze and report on the impact and effectiveness of their programs and initiatives. Through these services, CRI can help organizations measure Read more…

A Behavioral Health System Without Walls

CRI is excited to announce two behavioral health events at the upcoming mHealth Summit on December 8th through 11th in Washington, DC. Please make plans to join us next month at the 5th annual mHealth Summit, the largest mobile health event in the world. Use this code to get a discount on registration: AIP 13.   CRI Sessions Mental Health: The Huge Challenge and Opportunity Tuesday, December 10 – 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Roundtable on Read more…

Data Dissemination—For us, by us: Creating a Positive Consumer Experience and Empowering Youth

In many community-based organizations across America there are efforts to meaningfully engage youth for whom they serve in the activities they provide, essentially taking on a “for us, by us” model. This model has been discussed as increasing “ownership” of processes, thereby increasing adherence to them; increasing engagement in the program and its activities; and heightening levels of trust between staff and clients. According to Prince (2004), this model also has an indirect effect of Read more…

Centerstone Contract Outcomes Project

The Centerstone Contract Outcomes Project is representative of the change in healthcare delivery from one built solely on providing services, to one built on measuring the impact of interventions on client outcomes. This is an enterprise-wide endeavor with representatives from the relevant Centerstone of America agencies and divisions within these agencies. The purpose of this project is to provide meaningful outcomes data to Centerstone, both from existing data sources and from telephonic follow-up phone calls. Read more…

CRI, through K-Town, Receives People’s Choice Award from SAMHSA

CRI, in partnership with K-Town Youth Empowerment Network in Knoxville, was awarded the “People’s Choice” award in the “Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach” through SAMHSA in July. The award recognizes K-Town’s “Data Dinner Theatre” which integrated K-Town’s process and successes of enrolled youth into a play. By using real outcomes from the organization, the play demonstrated the challenges and hope for youth with mental health diagnoses in their transition into adulthood. SAMHSA’s “Excellence in Read more…

Russ Galyon Receives Howard T. McClung Memorial Awardee

Russ Galyon, director of analytics, received the Howard T. McClung Memorial Award presented by CRI at the recent all staff reception. The award is given to a CRI employee or group of employees who showcased exceptional leadership principles in the last two years. Nominees are judged on nine criteria including: Organizational change, resource management, continual learning and interpersonal skills among others. Russ was nominated for his exceptional work with Enlighten Analytics, and highlighted for his Read more…

Career Resource Center Grant Wrap-Up and Successes

The Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration Grant officially closes on June 30. This grant addressed a significant employment crisis that hit Maury, Bedford, Coffee, Marshall, and Lawrence counties in 2008. “We were excited to receive funding from the Department of Labor to begin the Centerstone Career Resource Center (CCRC),” said the project director, Mary Moran. “We are equally pleased about the success of the program.” The CCRC served 771 individuals, achieving 129% of Read more…