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Centerstone receives grant to expand crisis services

With new funding, the behavioral health organization will collaborate with Alton Police Department to provide further crisis services.

Centerstone, a national provider of behavioral health care, was awarded a $50,000 grant via Telligen Community Initiative to help increase behavioral health crisis services to the Alton area community.

Centerstone currently offers walk-in crisis services including intervention assessment and referral, crisis stabilization and short-term counseling. It also provides a crisis line, (618) 465-4388, for further crisis services.

The TCI grant will help Centerstone to increase the community-wide capacity to provide Mobile Crisis Services by establishing working relationships with local law enforcement. These relationships will remove barriers to providing timely crisis intervention and will improve access to linkage to behavioral health programs.

Centerstone collaborates with local police departments across our service area to provide crisis services and internal linkages to helpful programs and resources in the community. While already partnering with Alton Police Department, the grant funding will allow for a full-time crisis therapist position to work alongside the Alton PD.

“We are really excited that this grant will allow us the opportunity to expand on our services with the Alton Police Department,” said Lindsey Ebers, Centerstone clinical manager over crisis services.

Centerstone seeks to change the systems in the communities we serve, providing comprehensive crisis services that offer better returns for our communities. Crisis services will be enhanced without duplication, reducing the number of encounters for the client for a single incident.

“It will also allow us to provide urgent items and meet urgent needs for our most at-risk and vulnerable populations. Our hope is that this will meet our goal of increasing access to services and treatment for the members of our community,” said Ebers.

For information about Centerstone’s crisis services  visit www.centerstone.org.

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