WellStone Inc. becomes the largest behavioral healthcare provider in North Alabama

[HUNTSVILLE, AL] – On October 1, 2017, WellStone Behavioral Health and Cullman Area Mental Health Authority officially merged as one organization operating as WellStone Inc. The merger creates the largest and most comprehensive behavioral healthcare provider in North Alabama. The combined workforce of 400 employees serves over 13,000 clients across the region.

WellStone Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Blair, LMFT shares, “Wellness, self-care and well-being are topics that are continually elevated in today’s culture. Behavioral health encompasses a wide range of issues surrounding behavior, mental illness, chronic health problems and substance abuse. We’re here to lead the conversation about behavioral health in our community.”

Blair continues, “It’s critical to remove the stigma that often surrounds mental health services. One in five people will experience a diagnosable behavioral health condition each year. That’s why our work remains focused on connecting children, adolescents and adults with the services they need to be at their very best. This merger will enhance quality of services and streamline care for our region. We are creating operational efficiencies, cost savings and opportunities to expand the delivery of mental health and substance abuse services in North Alabama.”

Chris Van Dyke, the Executive Director of Cullman Area Mental Health, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer of WellStone. Van Dyke added, “Behavioral health needs continue to grow, and state and local funding can’t keep pace. We embrace the opportunity to join forces as WellStone Inc. so that we can expand our reach within the region. Our team in Cullman will continue to provide services as they are available now but with enhanced operational support.” Van Dyke concluded, “It’s about building a stronger organization that meets the needs of our clients exactly when and where they need us the most.”

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About Wellstone Inc.:

WellStone Inc. is a non-profit community organization that provides mental health and substance abuse services supporting the integrated health of the whole person. WellStone operates 12 facilities throughout North Alabama and Cullman. WellStone is certified through the Alabama Department of Mental Health. WellStone offers programs for children, adolescents, adults, substance abuse, school-based outreach, community services and more. For more information, visit www.wellstone.com. Additional media inquiries can be directed to Leah Gradl by emailing leah.gradl@wellstone.com or by calling (256)426-5026.