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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

Welcome Home Baskets for New Residents

on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 16:17
Here at Wellspring, we have seen a lot of folks get new keys recently!  We try to present each new resident with a welcome basket full of various household supplies for their new home. Please consider making a donation today! Fill a laundry basket with as many of these items as you can!
Kitchen Supplies
Resealable Bags  *  Kitchen Towels  *  Mixing Bowls  *  Measuring spoons and cups  *  Can Opener  *  Food Storage Containers  *  Plastic Wrap  *  Aluminum Foil
Personal Items
Body Soap  *  Hand Soap Pump  *  Toothpaste  *  Toothbrush and Holder  *  Towels and Wash Cloths  *  Feminine

Courier-Journal Article - Wellspring Tonini Apartments help needy, save building and add value to neighborhood

on Tue, 07/02/2013 - 15:21

Written by
Kirsten Clark
The Courier-Journal
Published July 2, 2013


In the coming weeks, tenants will begin calling the new Wellspring Tonini Apartments on Shelby Street “home,” marking the first time since the mid-1970s anyone has made a permanent residence at the former site of the Tonini Church Supply Co.

The storefront was once where Louisville residents went for wedding veils, rosaries and prayer books. The floors above it are where the grandparents and aunt of current Tonini Church Supply Co. vice president Bill Tonini lived.

But after nearly 110 years at the Phoenix Hill location

Humana Foundation Lends Support to Wellspring’s Mind, Body, Spirit Initiative

on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 09:08

To be truly healthy, the mind and body must work in partnership; failure in one quickly and negatively impacts the other. People with severe mental illness (SMI) face extra challenges in this realm; the medications required to treat SMI can cause chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, which, in turn, can cause depression or exacerbate existing mental illness. But, thanks to a grant from the Humana Foundation, Wellspring will soon be initiating measures in some of our programs that will:

  • Improve the client experience by adopting “Healthy Eating” plans.
  • Provide

Barth Foundation Grant Will Support Wellspring’s AEDs in the Workplace Campaign

on Mon, 06/10/2013 - 10:49

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Wellspring’s AEDs in the Workplace campaign is a result of the agency’s continuous effort to provide the best possible care for our clients. An AED is an electronic device designed to deliver an electric shock to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.
Studies show that nearly 1,000 deaths occur from coronary heart disease outside of the hospital or emergency room every day.  Up to 70% of these victims might be saved if automated external defibrillators were immediately available. 
Given that Wellspring deals with a population that is already more vulnerable