Grounded by the solid belief that every person has the ability to recover, CenterPointe makes pivotal treatment available for people suffering from mental health and substance use disorders.
Meeting people where they are and supporting them to gain control of their lives is what CenterPointe aims to do.
By treating the whole person, mental health and addiction can be addressed together in real-time. This holistic approach, combined with open arms and open minds, distinctly sets CenterPointe apart.
We constantly push boundaries to find better ways to help people be well and never give up on the value of life.
We offer a full continuum of care - treatment, rehabilitation, and housing - for individuals who are experiencing homelessness and/or are low-income. Community support is essential in helping us make this care available.
CenterPointe helps the people we serve get better, sooner, for longer.
We foresee CenterPointe as the whole-health care organization of choice.
- Do the right thing
- Accept everyone for who they are
- Help people help themselves
- Foster an environment for growth
- Be the best
CenterPointe conducts its operations according to principles and values aimed at serving individuals at the highest level and maintaining a business environment responsible to the communities served.
CenterPointe serves women, men, young adults, and veterans living in the following Nebraska counties:
Lincoln Area - Region 5
Butler, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, York
Omaha Area - Region 6
Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, Washington
If you live in Nebraska but outside these counties, please contact us for information about available CenterPointe services.
If you live in another state, please visit the SAMHSA Treatment Facility Locator.
History – CenterPointe began in 1973 as Lincoln Lancaster Drug Projects, also known as Full Circle. This was one of the first programs in the nation to offer integrated substance use and mental health care in the 1980s. We added housing services during the 1990s.
Mission – CenterPointe helps the people we serve get better, sooner, for longer.
Treatment Philosophy – Here at CenterPointe, we use a bio-psycho-social treatment model to address mental illness and addiction at the same time and on equal terms. We do not use a 12-step treatment model but encourage people to connect with a 12-step self-help group if they find it helpful to their ongoing recovery.
Who we serve – We serve women, men, teens, and veterans. The majority of CenterPointe consumers experience both severe and persistent mental illness and addiction issues. Nearly every individual CenterPointe serves has very low or no income when they enter our programs.
Homelessness – More than 50% of people are experiencing homeless when they come into outpatient services. Everyone served in housing programs is experiencing homeless or at risk of homelessness.
How many we serve – CenterPointe served for FY 2019-20 were 3,370. People are often involved in more than one program while they are in care.
Service area – The majority of CenterPointe programs serve Lincoln and Southeast Nebraska, but several programs will also serve people from Western Nebraska. Programs are available in Omaha for Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy, and Washington counties.
Key goals for persons served:
- Manage mental health symptoms
- Eliminate or reduce substance use
- Live in the community as independently as possible
- Engage in a program of recovery
Programs – CenterPointe provides 35+ programs in the areas of treatment, rehabilitation, housing, and crisis response. Programs work together to provide individualized care appropriate to each person.
Funding – Primary funding comes from Medicaid, State Behavioral Health funds, and federal funds. Fundraising helps us meet the gap between government funding and the rising costs to provide services. Our budget is approximately $12 million.
Staffing – We employ approximately 203 FTE. Several employees have 15 or more years of service with CenterPointe.
Accreditation – CenterPointe is CARF accredited and has received full 3-year accreditation on its last 3 surveys.
Volunteers – CenterPointe has a Board of Directors that varies between 16 and 23 members. Other volunteer opportunities are limited due to the confidentiality needs of the people we serve.
- Science in Service Award for Co-occurring Treatment from SAMHSA 2009
- Integrity Award Winner from Lincoln Better Business Bureau 2017
- CARF Accreditation
- Best Rehab Facilities Award - Lincoln 2020
- Guidestar Gold Transparency Award - 2021
2021-2022 Board of Directors
|Price Rivers, Chair||Deb Taylor, Member at Large|
|Megan Hatch, Member at Large||Tom Conrad, Member at Large|
|Carol Ernest, Past Chair||Kristi Ambroz|
|Jim Clements||Julia Homquist|
|Bill Bryant||Brad Korell|
|Joel Clements||Marthaellen Florence|
|John Hyland||Joanna Nordhues|
|Taylor Price||Charles Wilbrar|
Chief Executive Officer
Tami Lewis-Ahrendt, Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
Michelle Nelson, Senior Vice President
Chief Clinical Officer
Ryan Paul Carruthers, PhD, MAC, LADC, LMHP, CPC, Vice President
Director of Clinical Operations
Isaac French, MA, Vice President
Director of CQI & Data Management
Director of Housing Operations
Luke Reiff, SHRM-CP
Director of People & Engagement
Director of Facility Operations
Kristi McDonald, Secretary
Financials & Outcomes
Guided by our holistic approach of open arms and open minds and by our steadfast belief that every person has the ability to recover, we carefully steward the investments our communities make. Together we are helping people get better, sooner, for longer.
CenterPointe believes in data transparency. Data in our annual Outcomes Report is a snapshot of the total data collected across our programs and is collected within and pulled from our Electronic Health Record system and SurveyMonkey. The types of data shown are those we believe are the best indicators of who we serve and of our performance, regardless of whether the results are positive or negative.
We love hearing from you. Please submit any questions, suggestions, or general feedback in the space below along with your name and e-mail address. We will respond to them as soon as possible.
For employment verification requests or other HR concerns - 402.475.8717 x137.
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Please DO NOT use email for records requests Fax - 402.799.1055
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