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31st Annual Wellspring Thanksgiving Celebration, Hosted by Third Lutheran Church, was a Success!

on Wed, 11/27/2013 - 14:45
Thanksgiving has always been a special time at Wellspring. Each year, clients, family members, graduates, board members, and staff have gathered at our flagship site in Old Louisville - Ardery House - to celebrate the holiday and share a meal together. 
Having the house bustling with activity has always added to the charm of this special gathering, but with the addition of two new programs and two new housing sites over the past year, we had reached a tipping point. We needed a bigger venue! 
Melissa Kratzer, Development Manager and Chair of the employee-led Events Planning Committee,

Wellspring Tonini Apartments Receives Center for Nonprofit Excellence Art of Collaboration Award

on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 15:28

Wellspring CNPE Pyramid Award

L to R: Christine Koenig, DMLO; Bob Brodbeck, Chief Operating Officer at Wellspring; Al Spotts, Director of Housing Development at New Directions Housing Corporation; Kathy Dobbins, Executive Director of Wellspring; Joe Gliessner, Executive Director of New Directions

Wellspring and New Directions Housing Corporation were awarded the Pyramid Award of Excellence in the Art of Collaboration at the recent Center for Nonprofit Excellence Luncheon.

Mental Health Wellness Fair & Free Pancake Breakfast

on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 12:32

Join us on Saturday, November 9th!

Get your questions answered about mental health, substance abuse, suicide prevention, and more.


The Community of Well-being hosts the Mental Health Wellness Fair & Free Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, November 9th from 10:00 am to noon at Immanuel United Church of Christ (2300 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY 40205).

Get directions to the Wellness Fair here

Eric Cecil, Wellspring Community Support Specialist, featured in Courier-Journal

on Thu, 10/03/2013 - 14:29

The Courier-Journal

Opinion by Eric Cecil
October 3, 3013

It’s easy to hear about a designated week or month and not put another thought into it. I hope that’s not the case during Mental Illness Awareness Week (Oct. 6-12), highlighting an issue we can’t afford to ignore.

Studies show one in four, or nearly 60 million, Americans a year are affected by mental illness. Even more troubling is that 60 percent of adults and nearly 50 percent of youth with a mental illness received no treatment in the previous year.

Too many people are suffering needlessly.

Meet Dr. Joe Harrison, Our New Crisis Stabilization Program Medical Director

on Fri, 09/13/2013 - 14:08

Wellspring welcomes Dr. Joe Harrison as the new Medical Director of our two Crisis Stabilization Units. Dr. Harrison comes to the CSUs after serving for 21 years as the Medical Director at Center One, Seven Counties Services’ Community Mental Health Center. Dr. Harrison will be overseeing our two eight-bed Crisis Stabilization Units, which provide urgent, ongoing psychiatric care and treatment in a community setting.

“The crisis units are a really needed facility for our community,” he says. “They save a lot of money and relieve a lot of misery.” Dr.

Willie Woodward, Peer Support Specialist, Wins Seven Counties Services Life in Recovery Award

on Tue, 09/10/2013 - 14:27

Resounding applause filled the Hyatt Regency conference room as William “Willie” Woodward received the Champion of Life In Recovery Award at this year’s Stand Up for Recovery Annual Celebration. Janet Massey, a fellow Peer Support Specialist at Wellspring, nominated Willie for the award “because of the many personal struggles he has overcome, and how his resiliency encourages many of his peers.”
A year ago, Willie received a medical diagnosis that would have sent most people reeling, but he refused to let those circumstances defeat him.

New Board Members Bring Talent & Enthusiasm

on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 15:57
Phillip J. Keller, CPA joined the Wellspring Board of Directors, effective last month. Phil’s lengthy and diverse background has helped him hone skills that will be of immeasurable benefit to Wellspring. His strong financial and operations experience coupled with proven leadership at the executive and board level will be welcome as we continue to move forward, exploring new opportunities and seeking methods to improve operational and financial performance. Our Finance Committee welcomes Phil’s fresh insight, strong drive and, above all, his enthusiasm for our cause.
Jack Trawick recently

The New Guardianship Independence Pilot Project: homes and freedom for personal care home residents

on Thu, 09/05/2013 - 10:19
Maggie had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and personality disorder; for more than 6 years, she lived in a personal care home with dozens of other people.  She had to wait in line to go to the bathroom.  She had to eat food she disliked, and on someone else’s schedule. 
Maggie was not happy – she knew she was capable of living more independently.  She says it felt like she was in jail.
But now, thanks to our new Guardianship Independence Pilot Program, Maggie has the keys to her very own apartment. When she first saw her new home, she exclaimed, “freedom!” and started

Mental Health Accord Letter to the Editor from Board Member, Margaret Pennington

on Mon, 08/26/2013 - 10:54

Printed August 26, 2013 in The Courier-Journal

Mental health plan

Congratulations to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Division of Protection and Advocacy for the recent “Mental Health Accord!” The leaders of those agencies have managed something that all of us who preceded them failed to accomplish.

They not only recognized the plight of people with serious and persistent mental illness in personal care homes and the serious system failure it represented; but, they have agreed on a path forward and they have found a way to bring resources to what before had been

Courier-Journal Article - "State to extend community-based housing to 600 of the mentally ill"

on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 13:06

The Courier Journal 08/17/2013


State to extend community-based housing to 600 of the mentally ill

By Tom Loftus

The Courier-Journal

Hundreds of Kentuckians with serious mental illness will be able to receive treatment within a community setting rather than be sent to personal-care homes as a result of an agreement Friday between the state and a state watchdog group.

Under the agreement between Kentucky Protection and Advocacy and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, the state will provide community-based housing