xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> CRI Secures $19.8 Million in Funding for Community Behavioral Health Programs in Tennessee - Centerstone Research Institute

CRI Secures $19.8 Million in Funding for Community Behavioral Health Programs in Tennessee

From July 1, 2014 to Jan. 1, 2015, CRI secured $19.8 million in grants and contracts from state and federal organizations to enable Centerstone to launch and expand community-based behavioral health programs serving individuals throughout Tennessee.

“More than 33 million Americans seek help for behavioral health disorders each year, and approximately 60 percent will not receive the appropriate care for their condition,” said Tom Doub, PhD, CEO of Centerstone Research Institute. “This is why it’s important to develop treatment and service programs that provide the right care at the right time. With these funds, we’re able to develop innovative service models, representing best practices for community-based care programs, and affect a positive change in people’s lives.”

The grant funding secured by CRI will allow Centerstone and its partners to implement programs designed to prevent and reduce rates of suicide, violence, disparities in prenatal care and homeless or soon-to-be homeless veteran families. Additionally, the programs will support foster children lacking safe housing and individuals within the criminal justice system who require treatment, recovery assistance and trauma care.

Program grants secured include:

  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF): The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs awarded Centerstone’s SSVF program a three-year, $3 million grant for the program’s expansion in Davidson County. SSVF assists very low-income veteran families who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The expanded program began in September, 2014.
  • Centerstone Healthy Start (CHS): The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration awarded Centerstone a five-year, $3.5 million grant to implement Centerstone Healthy Start, which improves adverse health outcomes and reduces racial and ethnic disparities associated with pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and early childhood care. CHS will serve more than 500 individuals in Bedford, Hickman, Lewis, Marshall and Maury Counties each year. The program began in September 2014.
  • Behavioral Health Treatment Court Collaborative (e-RECOVERY): SAMHSA, CMHS and the Center for Substance Abuse Services (CSAT) awarded Centerstone, the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts and The 12th Judicial District a four-year, $1.39 million grant to provide treatment and recovery support for adults in the criminal justice system and enrolled in Drug Court who are in need of behavioral healthcare. The collaborative began in October 2014 and will serve at least 200 adults in Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rhea and Sequatchie counties. The program began in December 2014.
  • State Youth Suicide Prevention (CONNECT): The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) awarded Centerstone and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) a five-year, $3.68 million grant to implement a statewide initiative to reduce suicidal ideation, attempts and deaths among young people ages 10 to 24 in Tennessee. The program will begin in February, 2015.
  • Tennessee TARGET Zero Suicide (TARGET): SAMHSA and CMHS awarded Centerstone and TDMHSAS a three-year, $1.41 million grant to implement TARGET, a statewide initiative to reduce suicide attempts and deaths among working-age adults ages 25 to 64. The program will develop and implement cross-system suicide prevention strategies, including rapid and enhanced follow-up for 2,250 individuals. The program will begin in February, 2015.
  • Housing Choice Voucher Program: The Chattanooga Housing Authority awarded Centerstone a 10-year, $1.8 million contract to recruit private landlords to provide and maintain safe, accessible and affordable living arrangements for up to 10 Centerstone clients, ages 18 to 22, who are enrolled in Extension of Foster Care Services through the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. The program will begin in February, 2015.


In the last decade, CRI has secured more than $120 million in private and government grants that have funded innovative service programs and research studies that have advanced the practice of behavioral healthcare nationally.