Centerstone holds reception at new facility

Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Linda Mogge, Sandya Gunasekera, Darlene Barnett, Rudy Gregory, Belinda Sharp, April Jones, Pan Schrimsher, Audra Zurliene, Scherry Talley, and Lisa Kilpatrick gather for a group photo during festivities celebrating Centerstone's new facility on Nashville Highway.

Centerstone has been serving behavioral health needs in Middle Tennessee for more than 50 years.

Centerstone is a not-for-profit organization and the nation's largest provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, offering a full range of mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and related educational services in Indiana and Tennessee.

Each year they serve 69,000 individuals and families at more than 120 facilities.

They offer a multitude of programs that are designed to address the wide-range of emotional, behavioral, psychological and addiction issues that affect the individuals in their care.

Centerstone has also created a number of educational outreach initiatives designed to provide young and old alike with a better understanding of behavioral healthcare.

Until recently Center-stone's Lewisburg office was in the relatively small building opposite Jabbers, now occupied by Southern Physical Therapy.

Then they got the opportunity to acquire the building, just a few blocks down Nashville Highway at number 1601, which had been custom-built by Dr. Curtis Buchheit for his practice.

The bigger building has allowed them to set up an area for play therapy with the youngest children, and has also given them more comfortable space for the many adult group therapy sessions they conduct.

A lot of their work with patients is done outside of the clinic, in homes, schools, and workplaces, but the supporting paperwork has to be done in an office, so staff members appreciate the extra space for that, too.

Centerstone staff have been working with their patients from the new building for several months, but they decided to take the morning off on Friday the 13th to dress up and have a reception to celebrate the new location and the work they are doing there.

Clinic Manager Linda Mogge estimates they have a total caseload of more than 600 people, the majority from Marshall County. "We have a lot of dually-diagnosed people," said Mogge, referring to those who have an addiction problem in addition to a mental disorder.

Centerstone provides all kinds of services in Lewisburg, including medication evaluation, case management, psychological evaluation, group therapy. They can also use Centerstone resources elsewhere in Middle Tennessee, like the enhanced respite program in Columbia. It's good for patients who are experiencing a crisis but don't need the restrictive environment of a mental hospital.

"They get all their needs met -- everyone who comes back brags on it," Mogge said proudly.