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Overview of Wellspring's financials and program outcomes - July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008.

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  • Annual Report 20072008

    Sharing our Stories

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    Wellspring promotes the recovery of persons with severe and persistent mental illness through leadership in the development of quality housing and rehabilitative services.

    Annually Wellspring serves over 600 clients who have a variety of psychiatric illnesses. The organization operates 18 facilities, including 2 Crisis Stabilization Units, 2 Transitional Housing programs, 3 Supported Housing programs, and 80 units of deeply subsidized rental housing.

    The David J. Block Center completed its first full year of operation. This newly constructed residential facility, Wellsprings second such center, provides a best-practices level of psychiatric crisis stabilization services to nearly 300 individuals annually, in a safe, attractive and home-like environment.

    The Wellspring Bridge Apartment project progressed as planned for the September 08 opening. Located in a historic Louisville neighborhood, this energy efficient, low maintenance complex will provide attractive, affordable homes for eight adults with psychiatric disabilities.

    Wellspring Peer Counselor, Charlie Merrill, became the first-ever recipient of the Champion of Life in Recovery Award from Seven County Services. Charlie embodies the criteria for the award: an individual who possesses an enthusiasm for recovery, exemplifies the positive spirit of recovery, takes initiative and is proactive in their own recovery, encourages others in recovery and advocates for self and others. Charlie richly deserves this recognition for all that he has given to so many consumers, professionals, and the myriad other members of our community whose lives he has enriched.

    The HousingHopeRecovery: Campaign for Wellspring was launched; it will raise $2.1 million to support both basic and visionary goals aimed at fulfilling Wellsprings mission. Dedicated Steering Committee members raised over $500,000 before beginning the Quiet Phase of the campaign in late 2007. The James Graham Brown Foundation provided a $250,000 challenge grant to inspire donors, and Brown-Forman provided a $50,000 grant as a corporate leadership gift.

    In the 2007-2008

    Year. . .

    Mission

    Artists featured on cover:far left: Brandy; left: Steve; center: Janet; right: Thurman; far right: Eileen

    This page: Brandy

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    Concerns over cuts to mental health funding by Kentuckys 2008 legislature permeated much of Wellsprings work over the past year as we endeavored to fulfill our mission. These latest funding cuts are especially hurtful since, apart from a few exceptions, state funding for community mental health services has not been increased in 13 years. This is a chilling show of indifference to the thousands in our community who have a severe and persistent psychiatric illness, and poses a very difficult challenge to all mental health service providers. It is particularly frustrating to see Wellsprings program support reduced when it is widely recognized that our services save money at other institutions that serve this population, from the emergency rooms, to the hospitals, to the criminal justice system. Research on supported housing for this population consistently shows its efficacy in promoting the recovery of clients, while reducing client use of expensive public institutions. Instead of cutting back due to budgetary issues, the kinds of supportive housing that Wellspring provides should be a focus for mental health funding increases.

    So, in the context of these frustrating conditions, what have we done, and what can we do?

    We can Recognize Wellsprings Effective Services:Let us celebrate the dramatic benefits to the 233 clients served in the

    first year of the David Block Center for psychiatric crisis stabilization, which opened in July 2007. Of those served, 95% were able to avoid more costly psychiatric hospitalization while achieving stabilization. More impressively, this same high percentage holds true across Wellsprings two crisis stabilization units, with 95% of the 467 total clients served returned to their homes without the need of hospitalization.

    Wellsprings three highly supported housing sites, Broadway House, Concord Apartments, and Crescent House, had a combined occupancy rate of 99.5%; the 20 clients they served all had extensive histories of psychiatric hospitalization. Only one of these clients was re-hospitalized (briefly) this year. All clients were, and continue to be, active and contributing members of the broader community. We also proudly note that Wellsprings transitional residential programs, Ardery House and Journey House, were consistently full, and that all of their program graduates achieved the housing goal of their choice.

    We Continued to Build with our Partners:We appreciate the involvement of all of our funding partners in the

    construction of the Wellspring Bridge Apartments. This project, which began in March 2008, will provide eight new high quality and energy efficient units of permanent housing for adults with mental illness. The projects funding partners include the U.S. Dept of HUD, the Louisville Metro Department of Housing, the Kentucky Housing Corporation, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. Each of these entities has previously helped Wellspring develop projects, and have now generously invested in the Wellspring Bridge Apartments project. We also count on their partnership for developing future quality permanent housing projects.

    We are Planning for the Future:

    We give thanks for the strong governance and support provided by Wellsprings Board of Directors. The Board courageously implemented the initial phase of a strategic plan that will dramatically increase Wellsprings scale of operations, and greatly aid in fulfilling our mission.

    A Message from Wellsprings Staff

    artist: Janet

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    We Need to Share our Stories:We increasingly recognize the need to promote and support opportunities

    for personal storytelling by those who have biochemical disorders of the brain. These stories need to be heard by the legislature, the media and by our fellow citizens. Mental illnesses are the last to emerge from the fear and stigma of the Middle Ages into the modern age of effective medical treatment, rehabilitation and equal disability rights. We can no longer allow our neighbors, friends and families to be shut out of the mainstream of care and treatment. Lets all help erase the stigma of mental illness by non-judgmentally listening as others tell their stories.

    Wellsprings mission of promoting recovery in the lives of those with mental illness is a calling in which we can all participate. We can all recognize what works, we can all affirm and support our partners who invest in the recovery movement, and we can join together to identify and move forward on the necessary next steps. Like any other social movement in America, the liberation of psychiatrically disabled persons from stigma and inadequate treatment into recovery and community integration will occur only after we, as a people, decide that doing so is simply an extension of basic American fairness to all. Help us keep building the social fabric of fairness until it embraces those who live with severe and persistent mental illness; well all be the better for it.

    Stephen C. Perkins, Executive Director

    Katharine R. Dobbins, Associate Director & Director of Programs

    artist: Janet

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    Lately, one cant help reading about the challenging economic times we all face. With the failure of the state legislature to provide sufficient funding to keep mental health programming even at a budget neutral level, and with reductions from many other funding sources, it would be easy to focus on the obstacles ahead. Instead, the Wellspring Board and staff have responded creatively, actively and passionately.

    Our programs have been re-examined to assure that even if the level of care must be reduced, the quality of care is not compromised. We are adopting new approaches to facilities management and going green in every way possible. We have stepped up our activities to showcase the full range of services we offer, to prove how investing in Wellspring makes sense, not only for the benefit of those with mental illness and their families, but for the community as a whole.

    In July 2007, Wellspring celebrated the opening of the David J. Block Center, our newly constructed and second psychiatric crisis stabilization unit. The addition of this program enables Wellspring to significantly expand the available adult psychiatric crisis beds in our community.

    I write this letter shortly after the dedication of the new Wellspring Bridge Apartments near historic Old Louisville in September 2008. The culmination of a team effort over several years among Wellspring, Bridgehaven, federal, state and local housing agencies, our architect, builder and other community sponsors, the Wellspring Bridge Apartments offer eight new units of attractive, affordable housing for adults with psychiatric disabilities. Not only were the apartments designed to visually enhance the neighborhood streetscape, they incorporate a variety of green features for energy efficient operation.

    At the same ceremony, we were pleased to publicly announce a capital campaign to support Wellsprings mission. Our speci