Donnelly Welcomes Federal Grant to Help Centerstone Program for Homeless Veterans in Eastern and South Central Indiana

Senator wrote letter of support for grant that will help develop and expand implementation of critical behavioral health and housing services for veterans

Indianapolis, Ind. – August 10, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly welcomed an announcement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarding Centerstone of Indiana Inc., a federal grant to support its program for veterans and other individuals who experience homelessness with mental health care services and housing placement. Centerstone will receive a $1.2 million grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Benefit of Homeless Individuals-Services in Supportive Housing (GBHI-SHH) grant will be used over a three-year period and support programming based on a recovery-oriented, integrated system of care for individuals living in eastern and south central Indiana. Donnelly wrote a letter in April of 2014 in support of Centerstone’s application.

Donnelly said, “We have a solemn duty to support our Hoosier veterans to make sure they have support in times of need. We must ensure they have access to critical mental health care services and a roof over their head. This federal grant will allow Centerstone to help veterans in eastern and south central Indiana by providing services such as behavioral health treatment and treatment for substance abuse, recovery support, and placement in permanent housing that supports veterans facing challenges.”

Suzanne Koesel, LCSW, CEO of Centerstone, said, “We are thrilled to be awarded this grant to help our veterans and other homeless community members with substance abuse and mental illness issues. There is so much that can be done to help people with brain disorders obtain and keep housing, and Centerstone is so excited to have the chance to do this.”

Linda Grove-Paul, VP of Adult Services for Centerstone, said, “When a veteran with PTSD or a person with a brain disorder is homeless, often times it’s because they aren’t getting the right kind of care for their substance use and mental health needs. I am so excited that my team will now be able to provide the targeted outreach, substance use treatment, and vocational services that is essential for our fellow citizens to get and keep housing.”

Centerstone is one of the nation’s largest non-profit providers of community-based behavioral health care, offering a full-range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and intellectual and developmental disabilities services in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee. For more than five decades, Centerstone has served Indiana. Currently, Centerstone has more than 60 facilities in 17 Indiana counties throughout southern and central Indiana, with more than 900 staff members providing services to Hoosiers.

Centerstone is accredited by CARF International and is certified by the Indiana Department of Mental Health as a Community Mental Health Center. Centerstone obtained a Four Star Designation as “Military Ready and Veteran Friendly” from Indiana Veterans Behavioral Health Network, for their work with the Veterans Administration (VA) in expanding access to services for veterans via televideo. Recently, Centerstone joined a national consortium of behavioral healthcare leaders dedicated to a Zero Suicide Culture that was recognized by the National Council for Behavioral Healthcare. Centerstone implemented its Zero Suicide Initiative, a program that includes new assessment protocols and alerts, state-wide rainings and state and local community events.

Learn more about SAMHSA’s Benefit of Homeless Individuals-Services in Supportive Housing Grant here. For information on how Donnelly’s office can assist cities, municipalities, and other groups applying for a federal grant, please visit http://www.donnelly.senate.gov/help/grants.

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