Collaboration of Indiana’s Health Information Exchanges, State Organizations

Led by BioCrossroads, effort focuses on Indiana’s depth, breadth and leadership in HIT, advancing it to the next level INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In an unprecedented collaborative effort, the State of Indiana under Governor Mitch Daniels’ leadership, and Indiana’s … Read More

Stopping The Revolving Door

1 in 5 Medicare patients return to the hospital within a month of being discharged, costing program $17 billion annually. WASHINGTON — Care doesn’t end when a heart attack patient is released from Bloomington Hospital. A case manager calls within … Read More

Centerstone Research Institute Secures $1.2 Million Federal Grant for Criminal Justice Substance Abuse Treatment

Project Will Develop and Evaluate a New Program to Reduce Crime, Recidivism and Illegal Substance Use in Seven Middle Tennessee Counties

The Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a company of Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, announced that it has secured a three-year, $1.2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grant will fund the creation and evaluation of a new Tennessee program serving adults with substance abuse or co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders who are involved in community criminal justice systems. The program will target the following counties: Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore and Warren.

“There is a significant gap in the continuum of care for adult public offenders who have substance abuse issues or co-occurring mental health disorders,” said Dennis Morrison, Ph.D., CEO of CRI. “Persons living in the community who are involved with the criminal justice system and have substance abuse and/or co-occurring issues face special risk for relapse. Providing offenders with the therapeutic tools to help them get and stay clean has great potential for reducing crime and keeping our communities safer.”

Of the 15,000 offenses reported in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore and Warren counties in 2006, 32 percent of local arrestees were charged with substance-related offenses, and it is estimated that more than 64 percent of arrests involved substances. However, within this seven-county area, there are no local substance abuse programs that specialize in addressing the unique treatment needs of community residents who are involved with the criminal justice system.

As a part of the new grant secured by CRI, Centerstone will receive funds to create an evidence-based substance abuse treatment program for up to 220 offenders in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore and Warren. To evaluate the program, CRI will examine the mental, emotional and physical well-being of program participants at admission, discharge and six months following discharge to evaluate linkages between the program’s efficacy and outcomes.

The study conducted by CRI will use federally mandated Government Performance and Results Act (GRPA) data analysis tools, as well as the Outcome Questionnaire-45 (OQ45) and the 12-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-12) to assess participants’ mental health and symptomatology and physical health, respectively.

The new program created by Centerstone will aim to reduce substance use, costs related to substance use and substance abuse-related incarceration by 70 percent through treatment and therapeutic support. Services offered by Centerstone will include subject screening and assessment, outpatient and intensive outpatient treatment, case management, substance abuse education for individuals and families, relapse prevention, drug testing and monitoring, and other recovery support services. In addition, Centerstone’s program will engage in community education with the goal of reaching 3,500 individuals.

This article was prepared by Mental Health Weekly Digest editors from staff and other reports.

Centerstone Research Institute Secures $1.7 Million Federal Grant

New Funds Will Create and Evaluate Prevention Programs and Services for Adolescents at Risk for Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS

Bloomington, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a company of Centerstone, the nation’s largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, today announced that it has secured a $1.7 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP). The five-year grant will be used to create and evaluate comprehensive, culturally sensitive, evidence-based services designed to prevent or reduce the onset of substance abuse and transmission of HIV/AIDS among adolescents, particularly within the African-American and Latino communities, in 13 counties in Middle Tennessee.

“Adolescents with substance abuse disorders are more likely to be sexually active, have greater numbers of partners, and initiate sexual activity at younger ages. Risky behaviors such as these contribute enormously to the spread of HIV/AIDS,” said Dennis Morrison, Ph.D., CEO of CRI. “The rate of HIV/AIDS infection among Tennessee’s young people is already very concerning. We hope that, by offering culturally accessible resources to help adolescents prevent and combat substance abuse, we can ultimately assist in reducing the transmission of HIV/AIDS throughout Middle Tennessee.”

Indiana University Health Center launches NoMoreClipboard.com online personal health record

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Feb. 23, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University Health Center launched an online personal health record (PHR) solution for students at the IU Bloomington campus today (Feb. 23). IU is sponsoring the NoMoreClipboard.com PHR, making it easy for students and their families to share medical information with the health center.

“Our student population is extremely Web-savvy, and filling out patient registration forms in a clinic waiting room might strike them as antiquated and inefficient,” said Pete Grogg, associate director at the IU Health Center. “With NoMoreClipboard, students can create a secure, password-protected personal health record that includes their medications, allergies, current and past conditions and other important medical information. Soon, students will also be able to import medical information from the Health Center electronic health record system into their PHR after a visit.”

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