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WELLSPRING AWARDED $66,640 FOR EMS ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM

on Fri, 11/03/2017 - 12:03

Wellspring is pleased to announce that we have received a $66,640 grant from the Humana Foundation to implement a Wellspring-EMS Alternative Program.  The program will serve the Louisville Metro Area.  We will work with high-frequency EMS users who are experiencing some form of psychiatric crisis to directly admit them to our Crisis Stabilization Program on a voluntary basis once they are medically cleared by EMS.  Wellspring will provide training to EMS to help staff better identify potential solutions when called to homes of persons struggling with mental health issues, and help them learn new ways to address patients in crisis.  Clients will also be linked to appropriate outpatient providers, reducing the need for EMS transports and freeing EMS to focus on true physical health crises.  This program can save the community thousands of dollars by lessening unnecessary dependence on EMS and costly emergency room care.  The program will also reduce pressure on other area emergency departments such as U of L.  We have enthusiastic support from Louisville Metro Emergency Medical Services, U of L’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Louisville and Centerstone.   

“We are truly excited about all the potential benefits we can achieve by forging a strong relationship with EMS.  It seems like a ‘no-brainer’ to make our crisis stabilization units available to their referrals as a program that is both clinically strong and a cost effective alternative to emergency rooms and inpatient hospitals”, said Kathy Dobbins, Wellspring CEO.

“Louisville Metro EMS is thrilled to be a partner on this endeavor,” said Major Dustin Morganett. “We provide timely and trusted emergent medical care to every member of our community who calls 911. This program has to the potential to impact patients’ lives beyond the initial care we provide.”

About Wellspring

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 an array of supported housing programs in addition to offering affordable housing options throughout Jefferson County and a Shelby County site.  For many years, Wellspring was the only agency in this region that provided affordable housing 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.  For more information visit www.wellspringky.org.

About the Humana Foundation

The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies. Located in Louisville, KY, the Foundation seeks to improve community health and well-being through support of nonprofit partners that promote healthy behaviors, health education, and access to health services.  For more information visit www.humanafoundation.org.