Rushville Republican

August 27, 2013

Centerstone to expand Employment Readiness Programs to those with mental health disabilities

Duke Energy grant funds growth of employment readiness services


Rushville Republican

---- — Centerstone, a not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services, will expand its employment services program to 50 additional individuals in south central and eastern Indiana as a result of a $25,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.

“We are excited to receive this generous grant from Duke Energy Foundation and look forward to expanding the reach of our employment services program,” said Kathy Christoff, Director of Adult Recovery Services. “Our goal is to improve the lives of our clients by providing tools to help them overcome employment barriers through work experience internships and personalized skills classes.”

Centerstone Employment Services is a program that reduces barriers to employment for those in recovery from mental health disabilities through skills training classes and workforce internships. The grant from Duke Energy will increase the program in Bartholomew, Brown, Clark, Decatur, Fayette, Henry, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Owen, Randolph, Rush, Wayne, and Union counties through June 2014.

“Economic development has always been a priority for us, but Centerstone drew our attention to a part of the population that is often overlooked when it comes to workforce development,” said Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy South Central District Manager. “Centerstone helps create a path to independence for people with mental health disabilities.”

Duke Energy Foundation is committed to improving a community’s overall economic development through skills training and workforce development. The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates the national annual indirect cost of mental illness to be $79 billion, with most of that amount, $63 billion, reflecting the loss of productivity as a result of illness. The unemployment rate for adults living with mental illness is three to five times higher than those without mental illness and the majority of those with mental illness desire to work. Centerstone Employment Services fulfills Duke Energy Foundation’s commitment to supporting communities’ welfare through economic development and ensures the long-term wellbeing and financial stability of a typically vulnerable and marginalized population.

Centerstone Employment Services provides individualized employment readiness training to those with mild to severe mental health disabilities across Indiana. With the support of an employment trainer, job seekers complete 10 hours of customized employment skills classes that focus on general job readiness, such as interviewing, time management, and communication skills as well as specialized training by industry. Employment consultants match job seekers to a paid internship and offer individualized follow-along services through the 90th day of employment. In 2012 alone, 427 people were enrolled in the Centerstone Employment Services program.

Managers and members of Duke Energy Foundation and clients of Centerstone Employment Services program will gather together to celebrate the grant on Friday, August 30, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Centerstone headquarters located at 645 S. Rogers Street in Bloomington. Members of the media are welcome and encouraged to attend.

If you would like more information about the program or would like to make a donation, please contact Beth Rodriguez at 812-339-1691 or by email at beth.rodriguez@centerstone.org.

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health, substance use disorder, and integrated health services to Indiana residents for more than 50 years. Through more than 60 facilities in 17 Indiana counties, Centerstone serves more than 24,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. It is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 800-344-8802 or visit www.centerstone.org.