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Aaron’s Story Research Spotlight New Shelbyville Model Facility Physician Spotlight New Centerstone Board of Directors Spotlight On Prevention Services Centerstone Donors Health and Wellness Preschool Happenings What is Social Anxiety Disorder Combating the Issues of Methamphetamine News and Notes Centerstone Celebrates 50th Anniversary Development Department Events

Editor in Chief Ramona Rhodes Managing Editor Mindy Tobin

Contributing Editors

Bob Vero John Page Laura Allen Jan Goodson Gwen Watts

Contributing Writers

Susan Gillpatrick Camille Lashlee Herbert Y. Meltzer, MD Mindy Tobin

Graphic Design Michael Rivera Rebecca Key Board of Directors David Guth, CEO Deborah Taylor Tate, Chair Dick Fitzgerald, Vice-Chair Martin Brown, Secretary Tom Mahler Janet Ayers Albert Menefee Kenneth Baines Houston Parks Richard Baxter Richard Pinson Linda Brooks Nedda Pollack Jessie Campbell Carmen Reagan Lisa Campbell Steve Saliba Tom Cox Joan Sivley Christa Holleman Patti Hart Smallwood Lee Ann Ingram George Stadler Jeff Kaplan Jim Sweeten Randy Kinnard Jack Wallace Trish Lindler Beverly Little Centerstone (, a not-forprofit organization, is the largest behavioral healthcare provider in Tennessee and the ninth largest in the nation. Serving the community for more than fifty years, Centerstone provides a full range of behavioral health and related educational services to individuals of all ages and their families. Centerstone is devoted to research that seeks to identify, treat and eliminate mental illness. Centerstone provides services to more than 50,000 individuals annually. Children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and families all receive help from a multitude of different programs at more than 65 facilities and 140 partnership locations throughout the region. For more information about Centerstone, please call (615) 460-4357 or toll free at (888) 291-4357.

Aaron’s Story S

ixteen-year-old Aaron was a troubled youth. His inattentiveness, disorganization and low self-esteem were symptomatic of depression and an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In spite of these challenging behavioral health problems, Aaron had high personal hopes and aspirations. And today, because of his own determination, the care and compassion of his great aunt, and the counseling he received from Centerstone, Aaron’s dreams are within reach. Aaron, an 11th grader at a Metro Nashville High School, is on track to advance from his special education resources classes during his senior year and graduate with a regular high school diploma. Aaron’s great aunt Elnora, who is also his guardian, says his transformation is remarkable. Angry and frustrated without understanding why, he had been getting in trouble at school. When Aaron was in the fourth grade, a Centerstone counselor offered to help. When Aaron was less than a year old, his mother, still a child herself at 16, gave him up to her aunt – Elnora – who provided Aaron with a loving, stable home. continues on page 3

Aaron with his great-aunt Elnora

I encouraged him from day one that only he could make this dream come true, but I would do everything I could to help him achieve his goal. RECLAIMING LIVES • ISSUE ONE


research spotlight

A column on the Centerstone Schizophrenia Research Program by Herbert Y. Meltzer, MD

Recent Accomplishments & Future Directions I welcome this opportunity to inform you of what the Schizophrenia Research Program at Centerstone has been working on and some of the exciting prospects for the near and long term. In future columns, I will discuss some of the research and specific issues related to schizophrenia in more detail. This initial article will let you know who we are and a bit about what we are doing. I would like to introduce the new people who have joined the program. Dr. William Bobo joined us in July as Associate Director of the Program and a part-time staff psychiatrist at the Frank Luton Center. Dr Bobo has just completed his military service, including a tour of duty in Iraq. He is committed to a research career and is a truly exceptional young talent. He has quickly made his impact felt clinically and with regard to research. He has a NARSAD award to study the effect of the drug ProVigil on cognition in schizophrenia. Dr. Stefania Bonaccorso is an Italian-trained psychiatrist who also obtained a NARSAD award to study how to improve cognition in schizophrenia through augmentation with the drug, Depakote. She is also assisting Dr. Bobo and me on research on the metabolic side effects of the antipsychotic drugs. Dr. Mevhibe Tumuklu is a Turkish-trained psychiatrist who came for a year to do research with us on brain imaging in patients with schizophrenia. Her husband, a professor of cardiology in Turkey, is helping us complete a study of the basis for cardiac disturbances in schizophrenia that may be intrinsic to the disease and account for the high rate of sudden death. Kendra Murray is a new research assistant who is helping us recruit patients at Centerstone’s Frank Luton Center. There are many other people within the program and, indeed, all of Centerstone, who help make this program work well. I will discuss them in future columns. Now for just two brief descriptions of what we are doing. We have completed the collection of the data on the most important study we have done at Centerstone, a comparison of the effects of Risperdal and Zyprexa on metabolic side effects. We collected data on 200 patients, not all at Centerstone, with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. The results clearly show that Zyprexa causes more of these side effects than Risperdal. We uncovered a huge effect of combination treatment with some of the mood stabilizers such as Depakote, which was entirely unexpected. These results will be of great importance to future use of both drugs and the choice of mood stabilizers. We have completed a magnetic resonance imaging study of the differences in brain function of patients who hallucinate and those who do not. Following the initial scan, we have worked with providers to change the medications to reduce hallucinations and then rescanned some of the patients. This pilot study has been very helpful to identify the functional changes in the brain which underlie hallucinations and will help us obtain additional funding. In the next article, I will describe a study of how to treat patients with schizophrenia who have failed all available treatments and remain persistently psychotic. n 2


Herbert Y. Meltzer, M.D. is a world renowned psychiatrist and leading expert in the field of schizophrenia. He is also Bixler Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University and a member of the editorial board of eight different scientific journals. He currently serves as President of the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum (CINP) and is past President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). He has received numerous awards for his research in schizophrenia including the Daniel Efron Research Award of the ACNP, the Lieber Prize from NARSAD, the Stanley Dean Award of the American College of Psychiatry and the Gold Medal Award of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. His major research interests are the psychopharmacologic treatment of schizophrenia, the mechanism of action of antipsychotic drugs, prevention of suicide in schizophrenia, and cognitive impairment in schizophrenia. He received his A.B. with honors in Chemistry from Cornell University, M.A. in Chemistry from Harvard University, and M.D. from Yale University School of Medicine.

New Model Facility to Open in Shelbyville In September, Centerstone broke ground on a new outpatient behavioral health clinic facility, specially designed to serve children and adults in Bedford County. The new facility, located off Madison Street in Shelbyville, will have approximately 12,000 square feet of space and serve as a prototype model for future Centerstone facilities. It will replace Centerstone’s current location at 712 North Main Street, and is scheduled for completion this summer. “This new state-of-the-art facility reflects Centerstone’s commitment to provide compassionate, professional behavioral health services that strengthen individuals, their families and the community. We hope that the residents of Bedford County will continue to look to Centerstone as their provider of choice for their behavioral healthcare needs,” said Centerstone CEO, David Guth.

This newstate-of-the-art facility reflects Centerstone’s commitment to provide compassionate, professional behavioral health services that strengthen individuals, their families and the community.

Dennis-Barton Architecture LLC of Nashville, designed the building which will feature bright, open waiting rooms with large glass windows, meeting space for group therapy sessions, outpatient offices for medical and behavioral health staff, and a separate entrance for emergencies.

The building design also includes special technology features, such as private kiosks to allow clients online access to web-based healthcare information, including client satisfaction and treatment outcome measures. Additionally, space has been designed for Centerstone’s telemedicine service, which allows televideo conferencing between Centerstone’s clients and professional treatment staff. Centerstone currently provides services to approximately 800 individuals in Bedford County. Based on growth in recent years, the number of people served by Centerstone is expected to increase by at least 20% each year, for the next several years. n

Aaron’s Story continued from page 1 As Aaron grew up, he felt the pain of his mother’s difficult decision. Aaron and his mother are in regular contact, but theirs is a complicated relationship that often confuses him. Aaron’s demeanor improved after he began meeting with a therapist and participating in a Centerstone self-esteem group. Jessica Bray, his Centerstone case manager, has been a friend and mentor, taking Aaron hiking and to the music store to nurture his developing musical talents.

Aaron attends anger management sessions and meets with a speech therapist, who is helping him overcome a speech impediment. Jessica meets regularly with Elnora and his teachers. Today Aaron is practicing better studyskill techniques. As a result, his grades have improved along with his behavior. “I saw how important it was for Aaron to get out of his resource classes and graduate with a regular diploma. I encouraged him from day one that only he could make this dream come true, but I would do everything I could to help him achieve his goal,” Jessica said. Elnora is grateful for Centerstone’s support, which has made such a difference is Aaron’s life. “The people at Centerstone are wonderful,” she says. “On a scale of one to ten, they are a 12 or a 13.” n RECLAIMING LIVES • ISSUE ONE


physician spotlight

Vijaya L. Pavuluri, M.D.

Dr. Vijaya L. Pavuluri was born and raised in Vijayawada, AP, India. She graduated from Guntur Medical College and completed a one-year internship at the Government General Hospital in Guntur, AP, India. She has been a staff psychiatrist with Centerstone for eight years. She currently works in Centerstone’s Dickson Clinic. n Tell

me about your background. Where are you from? Where did you study? I was born and raised in India where I also studied medicine and did my first year’s residency. My husband grew up in Nashville and after we were married, we decided to return to Middle Tennessee and make it our home. I did my U.S. residency in North Carolina at Wake Forest University and in North Carolina Baptist Hospital. After finishing, I made the move back to Tennessee to join my husband. n What

is your average day like?

I see mostly adult clients and some children. I also see some older adults with various types of psychiatric problems including substance abuse issues. I usually see an average of 1220 patients in a day. 4


n What

brought you to Centerstone?

As my husband and I were planning our move to Tennessee, I began my job search. I heard about Centerstone through a friend who was working as a psychiatrist at the Columbia clinic, and recommended that I look into the organization. I was very impressed by Centerstone’s organization and its leadership. The opportunity to work with a wide variety of patients with mental illness in an outpatient setting was also intriguing. I saw the opportunities my clients would have in furthering their recovery and how I might be able to be a part of the process with them. n What

is the most significant advancement that you’ve witnessed in mental health since you began practicing? During my years of working in the mental health field, many new advances have arisen including a wide variety of pharmacological options in treating chronic mental illness like major depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This is a very exciting time to be in this field.

n What

challenges do you face as a psychiatrist? There are many challenges in providing the best care possible for our chronically mentally ill patients. Poverty and substance abuse issues are some of the ongoing obstacles in providing the optimum care necessary for complete recovery and reintegration into the work force and society. However, I feel the real challenge lies in helping the public find access to health care and, in particular, behavioral health care. We have had many advances in our field. The major obstacle is making sure that all these advances reach the population who need them. This remains a priority. n What do you find to be the most satisfying aspect of your position at Centerstone?

Despite any challenges, being able to work with chronically mentally ill individuals and help them in the process of making positive changes in their lives and their family’s lives is the most rewarding aspect of my job at Centerstone. I am happy to be part of multidisciplinary team working hard on a daily basis to accomplish this goal. n

New Members Appointed to Centerstone Board of Directors Centerstone’s Board of Directors is comprised of professionals and community leaders with a broad range of experience, representing a diversity of personal and professional interests. The board of directors acts as Centerstone’s governing board, establishing fiscal policies and working to further the cause of behavioral health by leading the industry in advances in research and practices. Their leadership is integral to our success. Three new board members have recently been appointed. Joining the board for three-year terms are Janet Ayers, Trish Lindler and Albert Menefee III. “Centerstone is fortunate to have Janet, Trish and Albert join the board of directors. Their leadership and generous service will be a tremendous asset to the board as we guide Centerstone in carrying out its mission of helping individuals reclaim their lives and fully recover from mental illness,” said Deborah Tate, Chairperson of the board. n

Janet Ayers recently moved to Nashville from Unicoi, Tennessee where she continues to serve as the chair of the United Way of Unicoi County. She is also affiliated with the Economic Development Board, the Chamber of Commerce and the YMCA of Unicoi County. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from East Tennessee State University.

Albert Menefee III a Williamson County resident, owns and operates Beech Creek Farm. Active in civic and philanthropic causes, he is affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, Boys & Girls Clubs, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and the Iroquois Steeplechase.

Trish Lindler is the senior vice president of Government Programs for HCA, Inc., and is a member of the boards of the Federation of American Hospitals and the Friends of Centennial Park and the Parthenon. She is a United Way de Tocqueville member and a member of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts Rembrandt Circle. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Auburn University. She is a resident of Nashville.

Board of Directors for 2007 Ayers, Lindler and Menefee join the following members of Centerstone’s Board of Directors for 2007: David Guth, CEO Centerstone Deborah Taylor Tate, Chairperson, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission Richard (Dick) Fitzgerald, Vice-Chair, First Vice President and Client Advisor, SunTrust Bank, Private Wealth Management Martin Brown, Secretary, Attorney, Adams and Reese/Stokes Bartholomew LLC Kenneth Baines, retired banking executive Dr. Richard Baxter, marketing professor Linda Brooks, community leader Dr. Jessie Campbell, retired professor of Motlow State Community College Lisa Campbell, community leader Tom Cox, Senior Vice President, Healthways Christa N. Holleman, retired real estate professional Lee Ann Ingram, community leader Jeff Kaplan, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Randy Kinnard, Partner, Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge Beverly Little, community leader Tom Mahler, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. N. Houston Parks, Vice Chairman and COO, First Farmers and Merchants Bank Richard Pinson, Chairman, Crescent Holdings Nedda Pollack, retired banking executive Dr. Carmen Reagan, Leadership Studies and President’s Emerging Leaders Program, Austin Peay State University Steve Saliba, President, Saliba Construction Company Joan Sivley, retired healthcare executive Patti Hart Smallwood, community leader George Stadler, Vice President, Portfolio Manager, SunTrust Banks, Inc. Jim Sweeten, retired C.P.A. Jack Wallace, Senior Vice President, Willis of Tennessee



spotlight on Prevention Services

Centerstone is devoted to the development and provision of effective prevention and education programs for children, youth, families, schools, and communities. Our Prevention Services have provided effective prevention programs to Middle Tennesseans since the mid 1980s with programs focusing on alcohol and drug abuse prevention, social skill enhancement, violence prevention, STD and teen pregnancy prevention, and character development programs. The programs are fun, educational, and easily accessible to all participants. The primary education components are delivered in the school classroom setting and are funded, in part, by the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Tennessee Department of Education, Metropolitan Nashville Public Health Department, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Here are some of the ways our Prevention Services Division is helping children and youth Reclaim Their Lives.

In Focus


PEER Power

Project BASIC

Project STAR

Project MAP

Alcohol is the #1 drug of choice among our Nation’s youth (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2004). The goal of In Focus is to build resilient youth who say “no” to drugs and alcohol. In Focus is provided in schools where students have been identified as at-risk youth who are vulnerable to becoming involved in alcohol and/or other drugs. The research-based curriculum is provided free of charge to groups of students through age 18.

(Better Attitudes and Skills In Children) Centerstone’s Project BASIC has been serving elementary schools in Tennessee since 1985. Project BASIC provides educating, yet entertaining, activities to help young students build self-esteem and learn decisionmaking skills.



This program helps teens prevent pregnancy and STDs by providing youth with standards of healthy relationships, self-respect, and the positive effects of making healthy life choices. During the 2005-2006 fiscal year, the curriculum was taught to 14,642 middle and high school students in Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Giles, Houston, Hickman, Humphreys, Lawrence, Maury, Stewart, Wayne and Williamson Counties.

(youth Standing Tall And Resilient) This new prevention program focuses on teaching youth ages 10-16 the skills necessary to resist risky behaviors. Participants are provided weekly sessions of a research-based curriculum, and the opportunity to be involved in a service-learning project. Parent involvement is also encouraged.

(Prevention Education Enhances Resiliency) Educators are faced every day with issues related to student behavior. Centerstone’s PEER Power is a school-based violence prevention program designed to provide students with conflict resolution strategies and skills. It combines a classroom curriculum of social/ cognitive problem solving with reallife skill-building opportunities such as peer mediation.

(Methamphetamine Awareness and Prevention) In 2004, more than a million Americans used methamphetamine (NSDUH Report, 2005). Project MAP focuses on preventing, reducing, or delaying the use and/ or spread of meth abuse in rural Tennessee, particularly in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, and Warren counties.

Centerstone Donors

July 1–November 30, 2006

Centerstone greatly appreciates every gift. Collectively they made a difference through the programs we provide, to the individuals and families that we serve. We thank the following 604 individuals, foundations and corporations for their financial contribution from 7/1/2006 to 11/30/2006. AIG Valic

Jon & Jessica Bray

Mr. and Mrs. C. Hayes Cooney

Merrill H. Farnsworth

Nell and Mark Adams

L.P. Brittain

Michelle J. Covington

Mr. and Mrs. Ron D. Farris

Elizabeth and T. Clark Akers

Laura & Jay Brothers

Nan and Thomas Cox

Carole and John Ferguson

Mr. and Mrs. A Benton Allen Jr.

Kathryn and David Brown

Ms. Margaret Craig

Ayanay and Melvin Ferguson

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Anderson

Cathy & Martin Brown Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Ferrell III

Mr. and Mrs. John Neil Anderson

Ms. Elizabeth Q. Hart Brown

Dr. Frank A. Creco and Margaret E. Click

Mr. and Mrs. Carter Andrews

Brownlee Currey Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. William Andrews

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick L. Bryant

Anonymous (II)

Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Buchanan III

Mr. and Mrs. James Armstrong

Horatio B. and Willie J. Buntin Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Atkins

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Burch

Ms. Elizabeth Austin

Rhonda and Terry Burchyett

Dr. and Mrs. Carl C. Awh

Loretta Burgess

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Ayers

Teresa G. Burns

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Baines

Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Burton III

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Baker

Ms. Heidi Buschmann

Mr. & Mrs. H. Lee Barfield II

Lisa and Michael Butler

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Barker

Ms. Michael Anne Butts

Ms. Brenda Barker

Mr. and Mrs. Barney D. Byrd

Mr. and Mrs. J. Steven Barrick

Deborah and Garner Cagle

Mrs. Edith M. Bass

Mr. Don M. Caire

Melaton Bass-Shelton

Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Caldwell

Jane and Richard Baxter

Sandra L. Camp

Mr. and Mrs. William Jeffery Bayliff

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Campbell III

Michael Beadle Thomasa E. Bean Mr. Norman R. Belcher Belk, Incorporated Ms. Jacqueline Bellar Lowell L. Benson, Jr. Ketrea L. Bentley Lori J. Benton Mr. and Mrs. W. Irvin Berry Mr. and Mrs. David A. Bertani JoAnn Beshaw Cheryl N. Beverly M. Dorothy Biggs Mr. and Mrs. Keener Billups Mr. and Mrs. Joe P. Binkley Jr. Brent Blake Ms. Blanchette Dr. and Mrs. Jake Block Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robert Bone Mrs. Julie A. Boswell Dr. and Mrs. Michael B. Bottomy William J. Boyd JoAnn M. Boyd Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Bracken Anne and Robert Brandt

Mr. Clifton T. Campbell and Dr. Jessie G. Campbell

Katherine S. Crocker Kelly and Dan Crockett Elise and Harvey Crouch Mr. and Mrs. Kevin W. Crumbo Mr. and Mrs. John T. Crunk Dr. Laura J. D’Angelo Anne and Eric Darken Mr. and Mrs. Alphonse H. Davis Mr. and Mrs. David F. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Martin D. Davis Susan and Ralph Davis Tiffany A. Davis John DeMarsilis Mr. and Mrs. David M. Dill Mr. and Mrs. Brian W. Diller Mr. and Mrs. David A. Dingess Dee and Jerald Doochin Mr. Robert V. Dortch Mr. and Mrs. Ken Downey Pam and Tim DuBois

Joyce and John Carden

Mr. and Mrs. Gavin Duke

The Ann & Monroe Carell Foundation

Ms. Sandra W. Duncan

Dr. and Mrs. Tim Carr

Michelle S. Dunn

Laura and Patrick Carrico

Whayne Durbin

Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. Cartwright

E.B.S. Foundation

Karen Casteel

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Eakin Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Todd Cato

Ms. Mallory Earl

Mr. and Mrs. John Chadwick

Mr. and Mrs. John Eason

Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Cherry Jr.

Mrs. W. H. Eason

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck W. Cherry

Mr. and Mrs. Van P. East III

Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Christians

Gary F. Eckardt

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Cigarran

Cynthia and Terry Edens

CitiFinancial Auto

Mr. David K. Edwards

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Clayton

Martha and Ben Elrod

Jon Clendenen

Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus C. Erickson III

Paula M. Clopton

Ms. Tricia Ericson

Judy and Bill Cloud

Laurie and Steven Eskind

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Cmelak

Ms. Jill Ettinger

Mr. and Mrs. G. William Coble II

Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Evans

Lisa Ramsay and Jonathan Cole

Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Ezell

Kelli Coleman

Mr. and Mrs. Steven D. Ezell

Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Coleman

Mr. and Mrs. Garth Fort Fails

Jerry Colley/Colley & Colley

Monica and Glenn Farner

Erica L. Ferrell Mrs. Anita M. Fields, CPA Peggy and Richard Fitzgerald Mr. and Mrs. Brennon A. Fitzpatrick Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Fitzpatrick John W. Fitzpatrick Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Flack Helen N. Fleming Barbara B. and John J. Fletcher Melody Ford Dr. and Mrs. Larry H. Formby Addie Marie Fossie Mr. and Mrs. Royal H. Fowler III Ms. Amanda G. Fowler Lois and Gil Fox Ms. Sherry Frasch Cynthia and Edmond Freeman Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Frist Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Frist Jr Carol and Robert Frist Dr. Thomas Frist Jr and Patricia Frist The Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation Abigail Frossard Mr. and Mrs. Mike Fulkerson Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Fuqua Ms. Elizabeth C. Garber Ms. Gail S. Garrett Mr. and Mrs. Phillip F. Gatto Dr. and Mrs. Richard A. Gaw Mr. John T. Gawaluck Carole H. Gedelman Janys L. Gentry Ms. Carol Geraghty Dr. and Mrs. Charles Gill Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Gillespie Jr. Susan Gillpatrick Ms. Ashley Glover Mrs. Kimberly D. Goessele Jennifer Goldfarb Frankie E. Grace Sarah and Stanley Graham Mr. and Mrs. Steve J. Grant Mr. Vince Gill and Ms. Amy Grant Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Graves RECLAIMING LIVES • ISSUE ONE


Mr. and Mrs. E. Thomas Gray

Ann S. Ince

Ms. Vonda J. Gray

Martha and Bronson Ingram Foundation/Martha Ingram

Mr. and Mrs. Peyton N. Green Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel J. Greene Sr. Ms. Monica L. Gretter Mr. and Mrs. James T. Griscom II Jane and Erich Groos Mr. and Mrs. Steven E. Gruver Carol and David C. Guth Jr. HCA- Caring for the Community The HCA Foundation The Hadden Group Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hadley Ms. Elizabeth Ellen Hail Mr. and Mrs. Currey Hall Mrs. Richard R. Hall Ms. Katherine Joyce Hamilton Susan and Frank Hammer Mr. and Mrs. John C. Hannon Mrs. Marci L. Harbour Ms. Ernestine Harlan Mr. William L. Harrison Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Hawkins Jr. Hawthorn Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. J. Michael Hayes Ms. Leanne Hayes Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery N. Haynes Ms. Deborah S. Hays Mr. and Mrs. William Heim Angie and Arthur Henderson Kristin and Robin Henderson Ms. Teri A. Hendricks Mr. and Mrs. Douglas C.H. Henry Senator and Mrs. Douglas Henry Ms. Reta E. Higgins Mr. and Mrs. Travis F. Hill Ms. Marcia A. Hill Ms. Maureen C. Hill Mitzi Hines Jim L. Hodge Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hogan Christa and Jim Holleman Roxanne and Gerald Holloway Dr. Rose Marie Howell Ms. Brenda G. Howell Mr. and Mrs. Larson D. Hudson Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Huggins Mr. Mac Hughes Mr. Thomas W. Hulme Mrs. Jemma Hurst Ms. Helen L. Hyde Identity, Inc.



The Lipman Group/Sotheby’s International Realty Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Ms. Claire Moon Karen and Bruce Moore Mr. Joseph Moore

Mr. and Mrs. Orrin H. Ingram

Kim and Bob Looney

Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Jackson Jr.

Ms. Carrie Lynn Lounsbury

Dr. Ellen R. Jacobson

Janice and Newt Lovvorn

Mr. and Mrs. Boyd G. Jacoway Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Lowe

Ms. Elizabeth R. James

Mr. and Mrs. James N. Maddox

Ms. Susan James

Mr. and Mrs. David J. Mahanes

Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Johnson

Mr. John H. Malone III

Mr. and Mrs. David B. Johnson

Mrs. Rebecca S. Marshall

Mr. and Mrs. William W. Johnson III

Ms. Tilla Marshall

Mrs. Nancy A. Johnson

Toni Martinazzi

Mrs. Rita J. Johnson

Mrs. Jack C. Massey

Dr. and Mrs. David S. Jones

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas C. Mathews

Judge and Mrs. Robert L. Jones

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen S. Mathews

Jack and Dalah Jones

Ms. Laura L. Matthews

Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Jordan

Ms. Tammy Matthews

Mr. and Mrs. Sean Kaminsky

Dr. and Mrs. George Patrick Maxwell

Ms. Suzanne Brunson Kamp

Ms. Julie Maynard

Ms. Linda R. Kartoz

Ms. Rachel M. McCaskill

Katzenbach Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Ms. Deborah J. McCord

Mr. and Mrs. Danny Keene

Ms. Holly K. McCourt

Mr. and Mrs. Reed Kelly

Ms. Dawn Mccoy

Mr. Jonathon M. Kent

Mr. Michael P. McDaniel

Mr. and Mrs. John W. Kesting Jr.

Lynn and Hunter McDonald

Mr. Terry P. Key

Mr. Jonathan McElhaney

Ms. Sharon Kinney

Mr. and Mrs. James M. McFarlin

Mr. and Mrs. Kent Kirby

Ms. Shannon McGahren

Ms. Louise C. Kitchell

Mr. and Mrs. Frank McGrew

Ms. Rebecca Klindt

Ms. Shannon McGuffin

Dr. Aglaia N. O’Quinn and Mr. Doyle G. Graham

Ms. Jan Kolb

Ms. Melissa McGuire

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey A. Oldham

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin L. Kolstad

Betsy V. McInnes

Dana and Bond Oman

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kuhn

Mr. and Mrs. Todd C. McKee

Jacklyn K. Oosting

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kyriopoulos

Ms. Sarah M. McLeod

Dr. and Mrs. Bryan D. Oslin

LDB Foundation

Dr. and Mrs. Michael J. McNamara

Dr. Robert Ossoff

Mrs. Nancy Lackey and Mr. V. M. Lackey Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Ferrill D. McRae

Dr. and Mrs. John Overholt

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. Laffer Jr.

McWhorter Foundation Clayton McWhorter

Mr. and Mrs. John T. Cotham

Mr. and Mrs. George Lale Mr. Regan Lane Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Lang Ms. Sandra J. Langley Ms. Elizabeth Lashower Mrs. Mary Magestro and Ken Lass, Ph.D. Mr. and Mrs. John C. Lassing Dr. and Mrs. Horace T. Lavely Jr. Ms. Lynn LeBolt Candice and Joseph Ledbetter Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Lee Trish and John Lindler Evan Burk and Caroline W. Lindsey Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence M. Lipman

Marsha and Chris Meadows The Memorial Foundation Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee Ms. Valleen B. Mertens Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. Metzler Mr. and Mrs. William R. Meyer Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin K. Middleton Midtown Media Group, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Dan Miller Ms. Ronell S. Miller Dr. F. Michael Minch Ms. Linda Mogge Mr. and Mrs. Steve Moll

Mr. and Mrs. S. Joseph Moore Mrs. Mary M. Moran Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Morphett Dr. and Mrs. John A. Morris Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Russell Morris III Mr. Robert E. Morris Mr. and Mrs. William Morrow Mrs. Harold Moses Mr. and Mrs. Bradley R. Moss Ms. Glenda F. Mottern Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Kirk Mulron Ms. Betty K. Murchison Mr. Tommy G. Murdock Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Myers Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Nacarato Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey C. Nahley Mr. and Mrs. Frank I. Nebhut Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Nedrow Deborah Neisz Mr. Steven L. Nelson Ms. Connie G. Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Norris Nielsen Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Nobles Ms. Peggy Harris Nunley Dr. and Mrs. M. Brad Nunn Mr. and Mrs. Neil K. O’Donnell

Mr. and Mrs. John N. Page Mr. Jerold Panas Dr. Stephen Parey Mr. and Mrs. John F. Parker Ms. Page N. Parker Mr. and Mrs. N. Houston Parks Mr. and Mrs. Takis Patikas Jr. Ms. Pamela D. Paul Pediatric Associates of Franklin Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Peffen III Ms. Diane H. Penney Mr. and Mrs. David Perdue Periodontal & Implant Association of Middle Tennessee P.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Brian S. Perkerson

Mr. and Mrs. Robert O. Rolfe

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Stevens

Mr. and Mrs. Reid B. Ward

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Perkins Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Ross

Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Stevens

Ms. Rene’ H. Ward

Ms. Aimee P. Perri

Mr. and Mrs. Stewart C. Ross

Mr. and Mrs. Skip D. Stevens

Mr. and Mrs. Brent J. Ware

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C. Petroni

Mr. and Mrs. William S. Rukeyser

Dr. Kristina Storck

Sharon and Miles Warfield

Louie M. and Betty M. Phillips Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey J. Ryu

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel B. Strang IV

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Warner III

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Phillips

Lulit Y. Said

Charlene and B. Ken Stewart

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Watson

Ms. Elizabeth Phillips

Dee Anna and Stephen Saliba

Mr. and Mrs. C. Walton Stroud

Ms. Elizabeth Watson

Ms. Amy Pierce

Richard E. Sapp

Patricia and Hal Sullivan

Gwen and Greg Watts

Ms. Chastidy Pimentel

Ms. Mary Sarratt

Mr. Roger Sullivan

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Weaver III

Noël and Richard Pinson

Kate and Eric Satz

Stephanie and Jon Michael Sundock

Rebecca and Douglas Weikert

Ms. Susan W. Pirnia

Ms. Annie Schaefer


Betty and Bernard Werthan Foundation

Nedda and Lawrence Pollack

Susan Schaeffer

Ms. Lois F. Suttles

Joni Werthan

Ms. Margaret Innes Pollard

Mr. and Mrs. Martin R. Schott

The T & T Family Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Brian D. West

Dr. and Mrs. Stan L. Pope

Ms. Lori Scott

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Tarantin

West End Home Foundation

Ms. Maureen R. Potter

Seigenthaler Public Relations

Debi and Bill Tate

Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. West Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Powell

Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Shafer

Meryl Taylor

Mr. and Mrs. James R. Whitson

Mr. and Mrs. Dave Power

Mary Josephine and Steven Shankle

Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Taylor

Lillie L. Wiggins

Precision Tune Auto Care

Ms. Deena Shapiro

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Teal

Sarah and Leslie Wilkinson

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Price

Ms. Marietta M. Shipley

Mrs. Lee Ann Teasley

Jeffrey and Kristy Williams

Prince Market Research Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Terrence B. Shirey

Elsie Lois Thacker

Ms. Mildred A. Williams

The Print Authority

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas E. Shirley

Brande and Lee Thomas

Ms. Birgitta Williamson

Publix Super Markets Charities

Mr. and Mrs. Don Shriver

Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt C. Thompson III

Ms. Amy Willis

Mr. and Mrs. David R. Puryear

Dorothy Frist Barfield Sifford

Mr. and Mrs. Mark A. Thompson

Mr. and Mrs. W. Ridley Wills II

Jennifer and Gustavus Puryear

Mr. and Mrs. William L. Simmons

Margaret C. Thompson

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Wilson

Ms. Karen Raines

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Simoneaux

Mr. and Mrs. Guilford F. Thornton Jr.

Pamela and Billy Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rapisarda

Laura and Robert Sims

Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Thym

Mr. and Mrs. Blair J. Wilson

Dr. Carmen C. Reagan

Mr. David P. Sims

Mr. and Mrs. James S. Turner Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Marc Wilson

Leigh and Brian Reames

Dr. and Mrs. Robert Singer

Barbara Jim and William Turner

Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Wilson

Linda and Art Rebrovick

Mary and Gary Sisco

Barbara S. Turner

Mr. and Mrs. Shawn T. Wilson

Ms. Judy G. Reeves

Ms. Barbara T. Sitton

Ms. Lori Turner

Mrs. Sarah Sitton Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Gary Reid

Mr. and Mrs. Otis V. Sivley

Mr. and Mrs. N. Tusing

Ms. Mary Beth Wilson

Mr. and Mrs. Mark P. Reineke

Mrs. Joan C. Sivley

Neil and Chris Tyler

Sally and Mark Wingate

Ms. Patricia Reinhardt

Dr. and Mrs. Geoffrey H. Smallwood

Alice W. Tyne

Mr. and Mrs. John Wingo

Mr. and Mrs. Frederic W. Reisner

Patti and Brian S. Smallwood

Mrs. Pamela J. Tyner

Ms. Amy Wohlken

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Reuther Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Pryor Smartt

UBS Foundation

Ms. Kendall Womble

Donna and Michael Reynolds

Dee Anna and Hubie Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Phil Valentine

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Woodard

Ramona and Stephen Rhodes

Amy and Earl Smith

Mr. Scott E. Valentine Jr.

Dr. Grayson N. Woods

The Rich Foundation

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Smith

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Vella

Ms. Tabiatha Woodward

Stacey and Bobby Richards Jr.

Mrs. Mary Lu Smith

Mrs. Alys O. Venable

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher D. Wright

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Rick

Ms. Carolyn W. Sorenson

Dr. and Mrs. Robert N. Vero

Marsha Wright

Mr. and Mrs. Louis M. Rieke

Mr. and Mrs. William G. Southwick

Mrs. Jennifer Viars

Mr. Wolfgang R. Wyk

Donna L. Ritenour

Ms. Junetta Sparks

Ms. Paula E. Waddey

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Wylly II

Ms. Margaret Roark

Mr. and Mrs. Stuart W. Speyer

Mrs. Jennifer S. Waggoner

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen G. Young

Dr. and Mrs. Mark A. Robbins

Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Spitzer

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Walker

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Zerfoss III

Mr. Keith Roberson

Patti L. Stacy

Mr. and Mrs. D. Breck Walker

Deborah and Chris Zills

Ann V. Roberts

Sperry and Jim Stadler Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Phil Walker

Mr. Brad Zimmerman

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Robertson

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Steele

Kathryn Walker

Mary and Robert Zseltvay

Mr. and Mrs. John F. Rogers, Jr.

Norma Borsi and Theodore Stein

Anne B. Wallace

Ms. Kathleen Rogers

Ms. Shelley R. Stephens

Ms. Alisa Smith Wamble

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health and wellness

A column devoted to healthy mind, body, spirit, and relationships by Centerstone Wellness Expert, Susan Gillpatrick M.Ed., L.P.C.

The Greatest Gift Imagine a gift that can increase self esteem and reduce stress. Imagine a gift that can lift spirits, enliven inspiration, and even ignite passions. This ideal gift is not found by shopping online, or at the mall. It is not something that fits into a bag or in a box. It is a gift you give yourself - the gift of Forgiveness. By being forgiving of yourself, you can then accept yourself and be more responsible for your life choices. Self-forgiveness is the willingness to believe that you are worthy of love, respect, and great successes. There are dangers when we fail to forgive. These dangers have the potential to limit our relationships with others and ourselves. A failure to forgive yourself has the same consequences as a failure to forgive others. It can result in emotional bondage, uneasiness in your spirit, and a cloud of uncertainty about all your relationships.

6 signs you are stuck in a rut of guilt and regret: Feeling unworthy When you feel unworthy, it affects your self-esteem and self worth. You may find yourself lacking any self-love, instead becoming caught up in unresolved self-anger, self-hatred and self-blaming. Being paralyzed by the past When you cannot let go of your guilt and regrets, there might as well be a chain connecting you to them. Having unresolved issues Until you resolve the issues that are weighing you down, you will likely experience feelings of helplessness and even depression.

Being unable to forgive yourself When you are unable to forgive yourself, you might become self-destructive, punishing yourself and showing indifference to your own needs. Acting defensive and distant Your guilt may create a barrier between you and others. Feeling afraid of trying again Your fear of failure, due to constantly reliving the past, may cripple any attempts to move on from the event and forgive yourself.

7 Tips to forgive yourself of past failures mistakes and disappointments: Let go of self-anger The effort it takes to maintain total distain for yourself drains your time and energy, and it limits how you receive care from others. Accept yourself as human Acknowledge you are not an all knowing and all powerful super person. Everyone has slips in their reactions and actions. View your mistake as a learning opportunity Own your mistake. Understand the lesson. Learn from it. Let go of fear of the future Be willing to take risks. You now know differently, so you can choose differently. Trust in yourself and your goodness You are not a bad person, but one that simply made a 10


faulty or hasty decision. The good is still in you. You have value to contribute to others. Admit that hiding doesn’t heal the hurt Trying to block the burden of shame and guilt only keeps it just under the surface. Hiding the hurt placed of yourself and others keeps you chained to the past. Imagine the gains of moving forward Picture yourself free from the guilt, regret and selfcondemnation. Live in the moment. Be intentional in new and improved decisions that open up opportunities for freedom and success. If you are tired of limits your self-condemnation places on you, you can do something about it. The past cannot be changed, and the future depends on the decisions you make today. n

Preschool Happenings For more than 20 years, Centerstone’s Therapeutic Preschool has provided comprehensive and intensive treatment to children ages 30 months to five years. The children who attend the Therapeutic Preschool are often victims of neglect and emotional or physical abuse. Many others have experienced traumatic events. All are unable to thrive in regular preschool settings.

Graduation Time This past summer, another class of preschoolers from Centerstone’s Therapeutic Preschool donned the classic graduation “cap and gown” and received their diplomas. This year’s graduates thrilled the audience, consisting of proud parents, other family members and staff, with their performance of songs and sketches. After the graduation, the kids were treated to an indoor carnival, complete with face painting, cupcake decorating, games and prizes. Lunch was provided by Whitt’s barbeque. Each of the students posed for portraits in their cap and gown and the families were given copies to take home . O’Charley’s provided new backpacks and school supplies to get them started well on their way.

Preschool students enjoy > graduation day.

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Volunteers at our Preschool.

Preschooler enjoys Thanksgiving luncheon provided by O’Charley’s and served by Lifeway Volunteers.

< Ethan wears his handmade Native American headdress for Thanksgiving at the Preschool.

HCA Volunteers at the Therapeutic Preschool

O’Charley’s and Lifeway give Thanksgiving at the Therapeutic Preschool

Our Preschool received a visit from some very special volunteers recently. Staff members of HCA came by as part of the annual HCA Community Day, where employees are encouraged to go into the community and volunteer their time for worthwhile organizations. Fourteen HCA employees came to the preschool for an event offering self-exploration through interactive personalized “All About Me” books.

Two corporate friends came together for our Therapeutic Preschool at Thanksgiving. For the second consecutive year, volunteers from Lifeway supported Centerstone by supplying volunteers to serve Thanksgiving dinner to the Preschoolers, their families, and staff members. Due to the generosity of O’Charley’s, they all received a delicious Thanksgiving feast. “Our Thanksgiving luncheon has become such an anticipated event for the children and their families. We’re so grateful to O’Charley’s and Lifeway for helping us be able to do this for them. It’s a wonderful gift,” said Melaton Bass-Shelton (Miss Mel), Therapeutic Preschool Coordinator.

The “All About Me” books were created for the students to embellish with their birthdates, favorite animals, handprints and even a self-portrait. Each book was personalized with a photo and the name of the child. Our HCA volunteers added their signatures in the back of the books so the students could remember the special day. RECLAIMING LIVES • ISSUE ONE


What is

Social Anxiety Disorder? Social Anxiety Disorder, also called social phobia, is an anxiety disorder in which a person has an excessive and unreasonable fear or apprehension of social situations. People with social anxiety disorder may feel extreme anxiety and self-consciousness about being closely watched, judged and criticized by others. When triggered, the person may suffer heart palpitations, faintness, blushing, profuse sweating and panic attack. Social Anxiety can be pervasive in a person’s life, or exhibit only in specific activities such as eating in public, talking on the phone, speaking in public, or using public or unfamiliar restrooms. Some even feel anxiety at the very prospect of these activities, or in anticipation of social events. In many cases, the person is aware that the fear is unreasonable, yet is unable to overcome it. Social Anxiety Disorder is the most common anxiety disorder, and the third most common behavioral health disorder in the U.S. preceded by depression and alcohol dependence. It is estimated that anywhere from 3%-13% of the population suffer from social anxiety disorder. What Are the Symptoms? n Intense anxiety in social situations. n Avoidance of social situations. n Physical symptoms of anxiety, including confusion, pounding heart, sweating, shaking, blushing, muscle tension, upset stomach, panic attack and diarrhea. n It is often accompanied by other anxiety disorders or depression and substance abuse may develop if people try to self-medicate their anxiety. What Causes Social Anxiety Disorder? There is no single known cause of social anxiety disorder, but research suggests that biological, psychological and environmental factors may all play a role in its development. How Is It Treated? Social Anxiety is usually treated with cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and medications. CBT guides the person’s thoughts in a more rational direction and helps them stop avoiding situations that once caused anxiety. Oftentimes, counselors and medical professionals will utilize desensitization techniques like gradual exposure to “trigger” situations to treat the disorder. Counseling to improve self-esteem and social skills, as well as relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, may also help. Selective serontonin reuptake inhibitors and other newer antidepressants are the common pharmacotherapy agents (SSRIs) prescribed for social anxiety symptoms. Beta-blockers, used to treat heart conditions, may be used to minimize certain physical symptoms of anxiety, such as shaking and rapid heartbeat. Centerstone Helps Individuals who feel they may have Social Anxiety Disorder or other behavioral health issues, can call Centerstone’s Information & Referral Line at (615) 460-HELP (4357) or toll free at (888) 291-HELP (4357). Through this 24 hour-a-day hotline, Centerstone assists in locating and obtaining the most appropriate behavioral health services by selecting the resources that are the most appropriate. All initial appointments are set through the Information & Referral staff and all calls are completely confidential. n 12


Combating the Issues of Methamphetamine “Our program can become a national model for other states to follow in the fight to prevent the great harm meth and other drugs are doing to individuals and their families . . .”

Dozens of Tennesseans are recovering from addiction to methamphetamine, oxycontin and other drugs thanks to a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (TDMHDD) and Centerstone. Centerstone’s Substance Abuse Program for Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore and Warren counties has a unique emphasis on methamphetamine abuse. The need is great. Meth lab seizures in this sixcounty rural area have been among the highest in the state. Our intensive outpatient treatment program will serve at least 180 adults through September 2008. The Substance Abuse Program is being funded by a $500,000 a year federal grant, which pays for professional staff, clinic space in Tullahoma and transportation for the participants, who are treated free of charge. In its first five months, the program exceeded enrollment expectations for the entire year, indicating the scope of the problem that meth and other drugs represent in rural Tennessee. “Our program can become a national model for other states to follow in the fight to prevent the great harm meth and other drugs are doing to individuals and their families throughout rural America,” said Dr. Freida Outlaw, Principal Investigator for the Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Jailing a substance abuser for a year costs between $28,000 and $40,000. The cost of jailing the program’s 56 participants for a year would have reached as much as $2,240,000. Without treatment, substance abusers often begin using drugs again. When meth abusers in particular are locked up instead of treated, up to 60 percent of them begin using the drug when they are released. In contrast, the program’s goal is for the participants to remain meth-free. “The Substance Abuse Program is a huge success in that we’re treating so many people. At the same time, it’s sad that our communities have such a large problem,” said Centerstone Regional Director Ken Stewart. “This grant provides the means for us to meet the needs of our rural communities and help those struggling to be free from addiction.” n



news & notes

Congratulations to the Recipients of TAMHO Honors! In a reception held at the Country Music Hall of Fame, TAMHO (Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations) presented their annual awards of recognition. Brad Nunn, Vice President for QI/UM and Tom Doub, Vice President for Research, received certificates of merit in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the TAMHO Clinical Service Committee toward the development and implementation of the Tennessee Outcomes Management System (TOMS) and the advancement of behavioral healthcare in Tennessee. Beth Hail, director of Centerstone’s School Based Services, accepted a “Program of Excellence Award” on behalf of the program. The award is given to outstanding behavioral healthcare programs for their excellence, innovation and quality.

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Centerstone’s School-Based Services program meets the mental health needs of nearly two thousand students in 70 middle TN public schools. Services are provided directly in the school setting. WSMV Ch. 4’s Holly Thompson was this year’s recipient of TAMHO’s Media Award. The TAMHO Media Award is among their highest honors and is presented to members of the electronic or print media who have made outstanding contributions through their professional activities to Tennessee’s behavioral health system and the people it serves. For nearly a year, Holly Thompson has been educating her viewers on the issues of behavioral health through her regular segments with Centerstone Wellness Expert Susan Gillpatrick. What started out as a one-time invitation has evolved into a bi-weekly segment with discussions on topics ranging from stress in the workplace to senior wellness. No other news program in the Middle Tennessee area has shown such a commitment to the cause of behavioral healthcare. Centerstone is proud to partner with Channel 4 for these regular educational installments and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Holly and to everyone at Ch. 4 on this recognition.

Becky Stoll, Receives National Recognition as Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress Becky Stoll, Centerstone’s Director for Crisis and Referral Services, has been recognized as a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS). Becky Stoll Stoll is one of only 82 professionals in the entire world to receive the accommodation within the January 2006 – July 2006 time period. Pam Fox Appointed to Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities Pam Fox, Program Manager for Centerstone’s LIFESolutions, has been appointed by Mayor Bill Purcell to serve on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities. The Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities is dedicated to helping Nashville’s citizens gain a better understanding of the needs of people with disabilities.

New Advisory Board of Trustees Members Appointed Centerstone welcomes Mayor Carolyn Bowers of Montgomery County; Mayor John Carroll of Perry County; Mayor Rickie Joiner of Stewart County Mayor Joe Liggett of Marshall County; Mayor David Pennington of Coffee County; Mayor Eugene Ray of Bedford County; Mayor Jason Rich of Wayne County; Mayor Paul Rosson of Lawrence County; Mayor Richard Stewart of Franklin County and Mayor Robert Stone of Dickson County to its Advisory Board of Trustees this year. These new county officials will join others on the board to advise Centerstone on local issues and concerns, offer recommendations, and assist in solutions. The board also helps create community support for behavioral health issues and Centerstone. Coaching4Teens Program Kicks Off Coaching4Teens is a new program aimed at adolescents in the independent school sector who oftentimes experience high levels of stress and anxiety. Coaching helps students find solutions to stress, academic pressures, and even family issues. In coaching, the student will identify goals and establish clear paths

initiatives across the state. Its goal--the successful development and implementation of electronic medical records (EMRs)! School-Based Counseling Services Program Receives Prestigious Federal Award (l to r) Orrin Ingram, David Guth, Lee Ann Ingram, and Bob Vero.

to obtaining them. Coaches also assist in measuring progress toward goals and encourage the development of a support network other than the coach. Coaching4Teens is offered free of charge and is made available through private donations. In November, a reception to inform the independent school administration in the Nashville area was held at the home of Lee Ann and Orrin Ingram. For more information, go to Bredesen Appoints David Guth to eHealth Advisory Council Governor Phil Bredesen has announced his appointments to the Governor’s eHealth Advisory Council. Centerstone’s CEO, David Guth was among the appointees. The Council was created by Executive Order 35 in order to coordinate eHealth

Centerstone’s School-Based Counseling Services and Beth Hail, the program’s director, have received the prestigious SAMHSA Administrator SchoolBased Mental Health Award. Beth Hail SAMHSA, (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), is a part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Hail, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Tennessee, joined Centerstone’s School-Based Counseling Services program in 1992. Centerstone’s School-Based program is offered in Middle Tennessee counties and provides services in 70 public schools. It serves nearly two thousand children and their families each year. n RECLAIMING LIVES • ISSUE ONE


A Year in Review

Centerstone Celebrates 50th Anniversary

A Golden Anniversary

This past year, Centerstone celebrated a monumental milestone–fifty years of serving the behavioral health needs of Middle Tennessee. Today we annually help over 50,000 children, youth, adults, seniors and their families, create better lives through our over 50 diverse services and programs. In 1956, with funding from the Junior League of Nashville, the Nashville Mental Health Guidance Center of Middle Tennessee (later to be renamed Dede Wallace Center in memory of Louise “Dede” Bullard Wallace) began serving clients. And through a series of successful mergers, which began in 1997, Centerstone was formed, through an affiliation of regional mental health centers including Dede Wallace Center (Nashville), Luton Mental Health Services (Nashville), Columbia Area Mental Health Center (Columbia), Harriett Cohn Center (Clarksville), Highland Rim Mental Health Center (Tullahoma), and the Elam Mental Health Clinic (Nashville), to become the largest mental healthcare provider in Tennessee and the ninth largest in the nation. This affiliation put Centerstone at the forefront of service delivery and treatment for the mentally ill, and significantly increased availability to state-of-the-art research findings. Fifty years after the first client was served, we’re witnessing major advancements in treatment, research and technology. These progresses enable individuals to live lives, not defined by their illness, but as full and useful members of their families and communities. Our accomplishments these past 50 years have been made possible by the dedication of our board members and staff, and also by friends of Centerstone, old and new, whose support continues to brighten the lives of those who are affected by mental illness. To mark our Golden Anniversary, Centerstone held three major events: “A Toast to Centerstone,” “The 50th Anniversary Celebration Golf Tournament,” and “Sara Evans at the Ryman.” n

Betty Stadler with David Guth at the April 30th “A Toast to Centerstone” reception honoring Centerstone’s major donors and members of its Board of Directors. Hosted by Anne & Tommy Nesbitt.

Centerstone’s first-ever golf tournament was held on May 1st at the beautiful Golf Club of Tennessee. The event raised funds and awareness for Centerstone programs.

Sara Evans and Pat Flynn graciously gave their time and talents at the “Sara Evans at the Ryman” concert on May 17 to commemorate Centerstone’s 50th Anniversary.

Thanks to Betty Stadler, Sperry Stadler, Karen Moore, Julie Stadler, JoAnna Howe, and Emily Dresch for their incredible commitment and dedication to Centerstone as event Chairs.



Cheers for Chairs

This year is shaping up to be another remarkable one for Centerstone’s Development Department. Chairs for several events are already in place, and their devotion and dedication is inspiring. The Sustaining Fund, a campaign aimed at securing financial gifts throughout the year to provide sustained support for Centerstone’s behavioral health services, is co-chaired by Richard (Dick) and Peggy Fitzgerald. The Giving Card, a “holiday shopping” campaign coordinated with retailers in the Nashville, Brentwood and Franklin areas, benefits Centerstone’s counseling services for children and families. The 2006 Giving Card campaign was co-chaired by Mary Wilson and Beth Huth. Sandra Lipman served as honorary chairperson. Loews Vanderbilt Hotel’s A Gingerbread World, a Nashville tradition for 22 years, consists of two events: Ginger’s Night Out and Children’s Gingerbread Workshop. Proceeds benefit Centerstone’s counseling services for children and families. Lisa Cole and Karen Miller co-chaired the event, Sperry Stadler served as Silent Auction chair. Ginger’s Night Out, a favorite event for many Nashville women, includes cocktails, a silent auction and gingerbread house decorating. It was chaired by Kaki Pulliam and Barbara Jim Turner. n

Scenes from A Gingerbread World >

Karen Miller, Elena Graves and her daughters Helen (in holly sweater) and Louise at the children’s gingerbread workshop. Over 200 children attended.


Natalie Carr at Ginger’s Night Out. Over 150 women turned out for the event.

Decorating at The Children’s Gingerbread Workshop.



> Rita Rose and Sperry Stadler at Ginger’s Night Out.

Sandra Lipman and Edie Simpkins. A Gingerbread World has raised more than $650 thousand since 1984. Proceeds benefit Centerstone’s counseling services for children and families

Centerstone Giving Card Fundraising Event Is a Hit The Giving Card, Centerstone’s 2nd annual fall fundraising event, which gives a 20% discount at participating retailers with purchase of a card, was a great success with many store owners already signing up for next year. This year we created a new look for the campaign. Our eye-catching stylish shopper logo was utilized on posters, ads, flyers and on the Giving Card itself. The 10-day event saw a 100% increase in the number of participating retail locations and in card sales. We even spread the shopping area to Brentwood, Franklin and Cool Springs and added several restaurants. Over the past year the Centerstone Giving Card event has grown substantially in size and support. The stores recognize the impact it has on their revenues and the shoppers love the selection. It’s a wonderful fundraiser for Centerstone and a great way to kick off the holiday season. Returning for a second year as sponsors were SunTrust and Seigenthaler Public Relations. New this year, were The Lipman Group/ Sotheby’s International Realty, NFocus and the Nashville Scene. Thanks to these sponsorships, 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the card support Centerstone’s counseling and therapeutic services for children and their families. n RECLAIMING LIVES • ISSUE ONE


Marshall Place Begins Taking Applications for Residence After the recent completion of Marshall Place, our first permanent housing development, Centerstone is pleased to announce we are currently seeking applications for residence. Marshall Place is an 18-unit, one bedroom apartment complex located at 1482 New Columbia Highway in Lewisburg, Marshall County. All apartments are single level and easily accessible. The complex also offers a beautiful commons area with a community room and laundry facilities on site. n

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Centerstone's Success Stories. Featuring Aaron's Story, as well as information on Social Anxiety Disorder.