WellStone is North Alabama’s largest and most comprehensive behavioral healthcare provider. We are a non-profit community organization, and we offer a wide range of services, for every phase of life, from children to older adults. We operate offices in Huntsville, Cullman and Decatur. We treat over 13,000 clients per year, and we operate 12 total facilities across North Alabama.
WellStone was originally founded as the Huntsville – Madison County Mental Health Board in April 1969. The organization was a direct result of the Alabama Legislature passing Act 310, which authorized the formation of regional mental health boards across the state. The organization operated as the Mental Health Center of Madison County for over 25 years. In 2014, the organization rebranded as WellStone Behavioral Health to better reflect the breadth and depth of services provided to the community. In 2017, WellStone Behavioral Health merged with Mental Healthcare of Cullman to form WellStone, Inc., or simply WellStone.
WellStone is a name that references the history of our community. Long before Huntsville became known as the Rocket City, a thriving local resort attracted people from across the country who came here for renewal and restoration. That resort was located where Monte Sano State Park is now and the park’s name is actually the Spanish term for “Mountain of Health”. We like that idea…that WellStone can be a “mountain of health” for anyone on the recovery journey. The word “Well” in our name represents a focus on wellness rather than illness. “Stone” suggests a strong and firm foundation…much like the mountains that overlook our valley. Our tagline is Connect to Health & Well-Being, a phrase which holds the promise of a brighter day for our clients and their loved ones.
WellStone primarily serves the residents North Alabama. With an annual operating budget of nearly $20 million and over 400 employees, WellStone served over 13,000 children, adolescents, and adults last year who experienced a mental health and/or substance abuse disorder. WellStone provides accessible outpatient counseling and psychiatric services for all ages at an affordable cost. Our specialized practices include: