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Overview of Wellspring's financials and program outcomes - July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.


  • A n n u A l R e p o R t 2 0 1 1

    Choosing To Make A Difference Since 1982

    b e t t e r t o l i g h t a c a n d l e , th a n t o c u r s e th e d a rk n e s s

  • In March of 1982 several community leaders saw a need and chose to make a difference. Wellspring was born from that choice.

    I was staying at the Salvation Army. I was homeless and depressed. Then I found out about Wellspringand since then theyve helped me with my mental health problems and helped me get housing. Im a lot happier now. Choosing Wellspring has changed my life!


    Wellspring Annual Report 2011

  • Since then, Wellspring has served more than 6,000 people.

    When we started paying closer attention to what we were eating and how it was prepared, we decided to make some healthier choices. So we started buying more fruits, vegetables, and leaner meats and were trying to buy foods with less sugar and fats. It is tough to stick with these changes all the time, but we are committed to continuing the effort in the coming year.

    Crescent House Residents and Staff

    Wellspring Annual Report 2011 housing ... hope ... recovery: living solutions for mental health recovery

  • Last year, Wellspring served 453 people through our Crisis Stabilization Services (CSUs) and provided supportive housing to another 140 people.


    After I graduated from Ardery House, I found out that there was a place available at the Concord Apartments and I thought that would be a good choice for me. Now I know it really was the right choice! I have finally found my true home. Here, they have helped me through every phase of my recovery. Theyre like my family and I feel loved and supported I am so glad I chose to move here!

    Wellspring Annual Report 2011

  • Of 453 clients served in our CSUs, 97% were treated without hospitalization.

    When I was chosen to be part of the Community Outreach team, I knew it would bring new challenges and new responsibilities. But as a Peer Support Specialist I am in the fortunate position of having addressed many of the issues our clients are grappling with. Its very rewarding to use what Ive learned to help others along their paths to recovery.

    Woody Certified Peer Specialist

    Wellspring Annual Report 2011 housing ... hope ... recovery: living solutions for mental health recovery

  • Of 453 clients served in our CSUs, 90% experienced a 20% or greater reduction in depressive symptoms.


    Change is inevitable, yet we cant always predict how or when it will find us. When I was offered the opportunity to move into a different role at Wellspring as Clinical Supervisor of the David J. Block Center, I made the choice to leave behind the identity I had carried for 5 years as the agency-wide Art Therapist and step into new waters. It was a daunting but exciting prospect and one I felt necessary to pursue for my continued growth. Choosing to create change can be a much different experience than having change forced upon us. I try to remind the clients I work with to look for the areas of their lives where they have the power to make effective choices for themselves, big or small. With this comes risk, of course, but also the reward of discovering your strengths.

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  • 100% of Wellsprings Journey House graduates experienced a decrease in psychiatric symptoms and moved into the housing of their choice.

    I was on the road to destruction I had been in 8 halfway houses and nothing was working for me. But when I first saw that name Journey House, I knew it would be the right place for me; I just knew that it was supposed to be a part of my journey. They taught me to be available and accountable, and to be willing to make the choices that I had to in order to recover. They loved me until I could love myself, and now I know I never need to look back theres so much to look forward to!


    Wellspring Annual Report 2011 housing ... hope ... recovery: living solutions for mental health recovery

  • 100% of Journey House graduates had more than 12 months of sobriety.


    With encouragement from Seven Counties Services, I chose to connect with Wellspring. They helped me to see how taking my meds could help me stay stable, and to embrace the positive impact they could have on my life. Now I have a job and I can function normally in my everyday life. Ive also chosen to stay active in AA and now serve as a sponsor for four others in their recovery. What a difference and what a great choice Wellspring was for me!

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  • With new innovations in medications and increased availability of supportive services, Wellspring witnesses the power of recovery every day as adults with mental

    illness rebuild their lives and participate in meaningful ways in our community.


    Wellspring has helped me in stabilizing my medication, which makes such a difference. And theyve helped me develop the skills that I need in order to remain stable plus reminding me that recovery from my illness, schizophrenia, really is possible. And now that Im living in the new apartments, I am happier than ever that I chose to be a part of Wellspring.

    Wellspring Annual Report 2011 housing ... hope ... recovery: living solutions for mental health recovery

  • At Wellspring, we believe that recovery from psychiatric illness does not mean a cure; rather, it means developing a satisfying, hopeful, and

    contributing life despite the presence of mental illness.

    Willy Certified Peer Specialist

    Ive learned the skills it takes to live with stability in spite of having a mental illness. Im really pleased to now be helping some of our communitys most vulnerable members have a chance at recovery. Helping them see possibilities and make choices that can work for them helps me, too. I can look back at what I chose to do and how that helped me at the time, and see how all the choices together got me to where I am today.

    Wellspring Annual Report 2011

  • Our MissionTo promote the recovery of persons with mental

    illness through leadership in the development of quality housing and rehabilitation services.

    History and GrowthFounded in 1982, Wellspring works to improve the

    lives of individuals with mental illness in our community. From Ardery House, our flagship site where Wellspring first began providing Transitional Housing, Wellspring moved on to developing permanent Supportive Housing and Independent Housing. In 1995, Wellspring opened Kentuckys first Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU), the Frank M. Gaines Center. A second CSU, the David J. Block Center, opened in 2007. In addition to our Jefferson County programs, Wellspring operates one site in Shelby County. Wellspring has been recognized as Kentuckys pioneer in providing such services; indeed, Wellspring is the only such provider in this seven-county region.

    PhilosophyAt Wellspring, we believe that recovery from

    psychiatric illness does not mean a cure; rather, it means developing a satisfying, hopeful, and contributing life despite the presence of mental illness. Recovery is a unique process for each person. To most effectively promote recovery from mental illness, the community must respond with an array of options to meet individual clients needs and preferences.

    StaffingAll programs are overseen by Wellsprings Director of

    Programs, Patrick Rhodes, MSSW, LCSW. Wellspring operates with a staff of over 100 professionals and para-professionals, and annually serves over 600 clients from Jefferson, Shelby, and surrounding counties. Wellsprings staff is continuously trained in the best practices in the field of mental illness.

    Service FeesCosts for Wellsprings programs and housing rentals

    vary according to site. However, all charges are based on a sliding fee scale.

    Services and HousingWellspring offers a variety of programs that provide

    a best-practices approach for our clients recovery. These include crisis stabilization services at two locations, two transitional housing programs, three highly supported permanent housing programs, and over 100 units of deeply subsidized rental housing, including supported apartments, independent apartments, and single-family homes.

    Crisis Stabilization ServicesThe goal of Crisis Stabilization Unit programming is

    to help clients in an acute psychiatric episode achieve stabilization and avoid hospitalization. Wellsprings 2 CSU sites, the Frank M. Gaines Center and the David J. Block Center, provide a total of 16 crisis stabilization beds. This program serves clients who are experiencing acute symptoms of mental illness, such as severe depression, mania, or symptoms of psychosis. This is the only Wellspring program that does not require a severe and persistent mental illness diagnosis to be eligible for services. While at a CSU, clients receive intensive treatment, close monitoring with high levels of staff support, and medications prescribed by a psychiatrist.

    Multi-disciplinary Staff includes: Full-time Psychiatrist 7 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counselors Expressive Therapists 24-hour staff double coverage Peer Support staff

    Living Solutions for Mental Health RecoveryHousing...hope...recovery: Wellsprings Guide to Services

    They stuck with me, and I stuck with them and thats what pulled me through.

    Wellspring Annual Report 2011

  • Outcomes for FY 2011Crisis Stabilization Units Transitional Housing

    ( 5 0 2 ) 6 3 7 - 4 3 6 1

    Frank M. Gaines Center CSU(502) 584-2870(502) 589-5369 fax

    The Gaines Center Crisis Stabilization Unit, which opened in 1995, was Ken-tuckys first residential, commu