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Bradenton-based Centerstone has been awarded a $4 million annual grant over two years from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand and improve community health care.  The focus population will include individuals with serious mental illness, substance use disorder, co-occurring disorders, and children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance throughout the region.

The grant will enable Centerstone’s outpatient facility on Sixth Avenue West in Bradenton to become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC).  The establishment of a patient-centered behavioral health home for the community will help ease the rising cost of healthcare in the region through integrated prevention and treatment of routine and crisis mental health conditions. Centerstone has appointed Jessica Crosby Sullivan, Psy.D., an 18-year veteran in  behavioral health, to serve as program director. Sullivan returns to Centerstone after having founded and practiced with Crosby Counseling Center.  She has extensive experience in addictions therapy and wellness counseling.   

In her new role, Sullivan will lead a team of physicians, nurses, therapists, care coordinators, peer support specialists and researchers, tasked with meeting enhanced and expanded teams for multidisciplinary care; expanded hours for outpatient clinic services, to include three evenings per week and Saturdays; availability of CCBHC services via mobile in-home and telehealth/telemedicine treatment; assistance to clients in need with benefits eligibility assessment and enrollment; expanded telehealth/telemedicine services; expanded crisis services and 24-hour mobile crisis team; and medication management, monitoring and assisted treatment for those in need

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