Tony Rice Center, Inc.
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1300 Railroad Avenue
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Organization Details

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Mission

The Tony Rice Center recognizes that substance abuse disorders sometimes co-occur with mental health disorders, so it is with this knowledge that the Tony Rice Center endeavors to improve the quality of life for all people with co-occurring disorders in Region V of Middle Tennessee. The Tony Rice Center strives to improve these areas by implementing and promoting an advanced treatment strategy that addresses both disorders and also by assuring access to all community-wide behavioral health services.

Background

Step Twelve from the program of Alcoholics Anonymous suggests that we "carry the message" to still suffering alcoholics. It was a message that our founder, Tommy Chastain took to heart as he himself sought treatment for alcoholism at a place called the Fellowship House, a halfway house located in Anniston Alabama in 1985. His aspirations to help others bore fruit on July 1, 1990 with the opening of the Tony Rice Center, aptly named in honor of yet another sober alcoholic who had started the very first AA group in Shelbyville. Tommy returned to Alabama and hired a familiar face to be the center's first counselor. Mr. Jim Hawkins had instilled in him a simple, yet no-nonsense approach to getting sober and taught recovery skills taken directly from the pages of the Alcoholics Anonymous basic text. The recovery principles described in this book have been the cornerstone for treatment of addiction and the associated patterns of behavior since their inception in 1939, when the book was written. Together, Tommy and Mr. Hawkins developed a formidable alliance in their steadfast belief that anyone could recover from addiction as long as they were honest with themselves and willing to put forth the effort required to do so. Statistical data gathered by the University of Memphis continually indicates that our simple, yet structured approach to the treatment of addiction is highly successful. At it's origin, the Tony Rice Center originally housed twelve clients, and as the legacy these men left behind continues to grow, we have continued to provide treatment and recovery services to thousands of individuals seeking assistance in their struggles with addiction.

Impact

Tony Rice Center has made tremendous growth since it conception in 1990. Tony Rice Center has grown from 12 beds for Men to over 40. Tony Rice Center expanded its level of services in 2006 to include the introduction of an outpatient program. 2007 was a landmark year for The Tony Rice Center organization with the opening of a new16 bed facility. In 2009 DUI and Anger Management classes became available. Co-Occurring treatment services were added in 2010. On site mental health evaluations by a Mental Health Professional began in June 2010. TRC became Co-Occurring capable in March 2011 and DTR groups have been established and offered on a weekly basis since this date. TRC also has added Levels III.3 and III.5 to its residential programs, and in adding these level of services TRC is capable of offering a full continum of care. As an organization matures and the scope of its activities expands, the links between particular programs and the mission can get lost.Over the next year, Tony Rice Center's primary focus will be to refine its co-occurring treatment services for men, suffering from these disorders. Individuals living in Middle Tennessee are geographically better suited to take full advantage of the various treatment services Tony Rice Center has to offer. Middle Tennessee consists of that portion of the State East of the Tennessee River's Western crossing of the state and West of the dividing line between the Eastern and Central time zones.Tony Rice Center's objective will be to equip the greatest possible number of individuals in Middle Tennessee to make a successful transition from addiction to an independent, healthy life style consistent with recovery. Client recruitment, advertising and organizational support will be focused within this geographical area. Tony Rice Center will continue to provide alcohol and substance abuse treatment services to any resident of the State of Tennessee seeking treatment.By concentrating on Middle Tennessee geographical area, during this next year, Tony Rice Center endeavors to make a larger impact within the communities we serve.

Needs

1. Fund development to increase operating reserve. 2. Hiring and development of highly qualified staff with a commitment to excellence with compasssion 3.Development and implementation of a community outreach initiative 4. Community Awareness about our Programs. 5. Continued increase of private support to decrease reliance on public grants.

CEO Statement

The purpose of Tony Rice Center, Inc. is and always will be the pursuit to be the best treatment program that Tennessee offers. We feel that our program is so effective due to the belief of two vital components: time and education. These two key elements, combined with other offered educational groups, drastically lower the chances for repetitive relapse. These elements are rarely achieved in short-term programs. Most people that enter into treatment have spent a life time developing their diseases and it is only natural that it will take time to put their disease into remission. Tony Rice Center, Inc. provides unique services and we strive to provide the most up-to-date information available to all our clients through the groups we offer. Addiction is a growing epidemic and the populations are steadily getting larger and larger. One of our goals is to expand our services to assist as many individuals as possible. The Tony Rice Center, Inc. has been in operations for twenty-eight years and has witnessed many success stories of recovery. We raise the bar in regards to educational groups that we offer because many of our classes are not found in any other Halfway House programs throughout Tennessee. Our clients not only learn about specific alcohol and drug issues, but we try to instill more knowledge about employment, family, social, and financial issues as well. The primary objective of our program is to move forward in the field of addiction by offering hope to those who suffer with the disease of addiction and a chance to live happy, joyous, and free, the true definition of sobriety!

Board Chair Statement

Our Board operates according to standard guidelines for non-profit boards. It plans and implements policies, insures good management, raises funds and complies with all legal aspects of the organization. We seek to promote to the public the activities and programs of The Tony Rice Center, and we seek the opinions of others. We ensure that our mission is articulated consistently in everything we do and say. We refer to the strategic plan on a regular basis and update it annually.The Board is responsible for the hiring (and releasing)of the executive director. Performance evaluations are conducted annually, and compensation is determined accordingly. The Board members are encouraged to become acquainted with staff and clients to understand more clearly the nature of the programs being delivered. The Board is comprised of different ages, religions, and work experiences We are actively engaged in finding strong community leaders to serve on our board that can provide ongoing success of our program. We typically look at the needs of the Board and the organization and recruit individuals with expertise and skills in those areas. The Board sets and approves the budget. In voting through a budget, the Board exercises fiduciary responsibility and implicitly agrees to meet those goals. It is the Board's responsibility to approve a budget that is reasonable and achievable. Revenue and expenses are reviewed at monthly Board meetings. We strive to create more public awareness of Tony Rice Center in order to broaden the reach of our services and generate much needed funds for the agency. As with most not-for-profit agencies of our size, funding to provide the services needed by our community is a challenge. Tony Rice Center pursues all possible sources of funding to serve the needs of our clients including seeking grants, private donations and holding an annual car show in August every year. Our goal as a Board is to do all things necessary through fundraising or otherwise to support the dedicated staff of Tony Rice Center in such a way that their primary concern and focus is helping the addict establish and sustain recovery..


Service Categories

Primary Category: Mental Health & Crisis Intervention  - Substance Abuse Treatment 
Secondary Category: Human Services  - Residential Care & Adult Day Programs 
Tertiary Category: -

Areas Served

Individuals living in Middle Tennessee are geographically better suited to take full advantage of the various treatment services Tony Rice Center has to offer. Middle Tennessee consists of that portion of the State East of the Tennessee River's Western crossing of the State and West of the dividing line between the Eastern and Central time zones.Tony Rice Center's objective will be to equip the greatest possible number of individuals in Middle Tennessee to make a successful transition from addiction to an independent, healthy life style consistent with recovery. Client recruitment, advertising and organizational support will be focused within this geographical area. Tony Rice Center will continue to provide alcohol and substance abuse treatment services to any resident of the State of Tennessee seeking treatment

TN - Bedford
TN - Cannon
TN - Cheatham
TN - Clay
TN - Coffee
TN - Cumberland
TN - Davidson
TN - DeKalb
TN - Dickson
TN - Fentress
TN - Franklin
TN - Giles
TN - Hickman
TN - Houston
TN - Humphreys
TN - Jackson
TN - Lawrence
TN - Lewis
TN - Lincoln
TN - Macon
TN - Marshall
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Moore
TN - Overton
TN - Perry
TN - Pickett
TN - Putnam
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Smith
TN - Stewart
TN - Sumner
TN - Trousdale
TN - Van Buren
TN - Warren
TN - Wayne
TN - White
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson