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About Us

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

Our Mission

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

An Agency Overview

Wellspring promotes mental health recovery for adults with severe and persistent mental illness by providing quality housing and rehabilitative services for nearly 600 clients annually. As a private, non-profit agency, Wellspring operates two Crisis Stabilization services, two Transitional Housing programs, three Supported Housing programs and deeply subsidized rental housing 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 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.

History

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 transitional 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 supported 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.

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.

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

The Wellspring Management Team

Katharine R. Dobbins, LCSW Executive Director
     kathy.dobbins@wellspringky.org
     (502) 753-1450
Robert L. Brodbeck, Chief Operating Officer
     bob.brodbeck@wellspringky.org
     (502) 753-1452
Nancy L. Doctor, Director of Development
     nancy.doctor@wellspringky.org
     (502) 753-1453
T. Patrick Rhodes, LCSW Director of Programs
     patrick.rhodes@wellspringky.org
     (502) 753-1451

The Wellspring Board of Directors

Jefferey M. Yussman, Chair  Dr. Rif S. El-Mallakh
Paul A. Coomes, Vice Chair William Friel
George W. Rapp, Jr., Treasurer Phillip J. Keller
Cissy Mills, Secretary Gregory E. Mayes
Robert P. Bordogna Nancy Neill
Meredith Brown Margaret Pennington  
Trinity Campisano Jack Trawick 
Dawn Franklin Croft Elmore "Ack" Willets  

Honorary Lifetime Members

Nancy B. Bell Malcolm R. Mathews, Jr.
Barry Bingham, Sr. Cornelia A. Serpell
Roberta Fischer Jackie Swigart, Ph.D.
Rev. Richard H. Humke Bosworth M. Todd, Jr.
Clifford C. Kuhn, M.D.  

Founding Board Chair

Gen. Philip P. Ardery

Wellspring's Collaborators and Partners Include:

    

   

We are also proud to be a participating member of the Metro United Way and Seven Counties Services.

Wellspring  meets all  BBB charity review standards.