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About Us

Here at Wellspring, we know recovery is possible -
and that's something worth celebrating!

The Wellspring Management Team

Katharine R. Dobbins, LCSW, CEO

     (502) 753-1450

T. Patrick Rhodes, LCSW, Director of Programs

     (502) 753-1451

Marsha Wilson, Marsha Wilson, Quality Improvement Director

     (502) 753-1477

Agency Overview

Wellspring promotes mental health recovery for adults with severe and persistent mental illness by providing quality housing and rehabilitative services for nearly 800 clients annually. As a private, non-profit agency, Wellspring operates two Crisis Stabilization services and several Supported Housing programs in addition to affordable housing options throughout Jefferson County and a Shelby County site.For many years,  Wellspring was the only agency in this region that provided independent housing coupled with psychiatric rehabilitative services for those challenged by mental illness. We are proud that today, we still offer the region’s most comprehensive supportive housing services for adults with severe mental illness.

Our Mission

Wellspring promotes mental health recovery and supports individuals in building healthy and hopeful lives through behavioral health, housing and employment services.

Our Vision

That all persons having a psychiatric disability should have access to decent, affordable housing coupled with effective recovery-oriented treatment and rehabilitation services.

Our Values

In our programs: We are dedicated to providing recovery-oriented programming, which always incorporates client-centered, individualized care, and utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach.

In our housing: We provide high quality, well-constructed housing that assures our clients opportunities for community integration and enhances our neighborhoods.

In Our Community: We are committed to transparency through excellence in program practices and outcomes, and excellence in employment and financial management. All aspects of the agency’s operations are overseen by our volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders, mental health professionals and concerned family members.


Wellspring was founded by a small band of community leaders, mental health professionals and parents who joined together to address the need for supportive housing for adults with severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses.

The agency began in 1982 by opening a 15-bed supportive residential program, using only privately raised funds.  Over time, support from the Kentucky Department of Mental Health and other public funding sources was secured and private fundraising also increased. However, the demand from clients, their family members, mental health professionals and community leaders for Wellspring’s supportive housing steadily grew. In response, Wellspring continued its growth, and today offers a variety of supportive housing options designed to provide a “best practices” approach to mental health recovery through 19 diverse sites.

As a result of Wellspring’s unflagging efforts and commitment to our proven model of service, the agency is considered Kentucky’s pioneer and lead provider of housing and supportive services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

Wellspring's Collaborators and Partners Include:

We are also proud to be a participating member of the Metro United Way and the Louisville Continuum of Care.

Wellspring meets all  BBB charity review standards.