IU Health Foundation grant supports Centerstone

BLOOMINGTON – On Thursday, Nov. 16, IU Health and Centerstone members gathered in Bloomington to commemorate a $400,000 grant focused on helping individuals facing mental health or substance use crises.

“Getting people the care they need when they need it can be the difference between recovery and relapse, and we are excited to help Centerstone expand its services to assist individuals in this community who are experiencing crises,” said Diane Buzzell, MA, CFRE, IU Health Foundation Director of Philanthropy for the South Central Region.

Left to right: Tammie Eppley, Centerstone Grants Manager; Melissa Helm, Centerstone Crisis & Access Regional Manager; Linda Grove-Paul, Centerstone Adult Services Vice President; Jami Marsh, IU Health Foundation Strategy and Philanthropy Vice President; Brian Shockney, IU Health System Regional Operations Senior Vice President; Jennifer Andres, IU Health Community Impact Investment Program Management Director; Emily Trinkle, IU Health Foundation South Central Region Philanthropy Manager; Shawna Girgis, IU Health South Central Region Community Outreach & Engagement Director

Centerstone will utilize the IU Health grant to create a mobile crisis response team in Monroe and surrounding counties to treat people facing mental health or substance use crises. The service will be available around the clock to de-escalate crises and connect people needing treatment options.

“We are thrilled to receive the funding to expand our Stride services to mobile,” said Linda Grove-Paul, Centerstone Adult Services Vice President. “It is absolutely critical that crisis services are immediately accessible to anyone who needs lifesaving interventions during a mental health or substance crisis.”

Grove-Paul continued to describe how Stride Center’s Crisis Receiving Stabilization Services and Mobile Crisis Response Team can potentially save lives by being a safe place to go for individuals experiencing mental health or substance crises. One such person came to Stride asking for help, fearing they were going to relapse, and was provided with transportation to a 28-day program and helped with a post-treatment plan. The individual told the team these services helped save their life.

The grant given to Centerstone came from the $200 million Community Impact Investment Fund (CIIF) administered by the IU Health Foundation to address key social and environmental factors that impact people’s health outcomes. Yearly grants from the foundation come from the fund’s invested capital earnings.