Boeing Alabama Funds School-Based Services

The Employees Community Fund (ECF) of Boeing Alabama recently awarded $20,000 to the Nova Center for Youth & Family for the expansion of school-based mental health services. The ECF is administered by a volunteer Site Advisory Board comprised of local Boeing employees and the committee has partnered with Nova over the last several years to […]

Alabama’s Shrinking Mental Health System

Probate Judge Sherri Friday holds commitment hearings every week inside a small group therapy room at UAB’s Center for Psychiatric Medicine. On a recent Thursday, one of the patients folded and unfolded a stack of papers and bounced her knee up and down. She had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, and had been responding to treatment. […]

School-Based Mental Health Services Expanding

WHNT Channel 19 in Huntsville recently visited the Nova Center for Youth & Family, the child and adolescent division of WellStone Behavioral Health, to report on the expansion of school-based mental heath services in area schools. With the beginning of a new semester next week, WellStone will have clinicians embedded in almost 40 schools throughout the Huntsville, Madison, […]

Nova Academy Celebrates Graduation

The Nova Academy, a therapeutic preschool for children ages 3-5, celebrated the end of summer and graduation with a program and luncheon on July 30, 2015. The Academy is a program of the Nova Center for Youth & Family, the child and adolescent division of WellStone Behavioral Health. With parents, grandparents, friends, and other family in the audience […]

Facts About Alabama’s Public Mental Health System

In preparation for the upcoming Special Session of the 2015 Alabama Legislature, consider the following when thinking through funding for community mental health services: In 1970, there were approximately 8,000 persons confined to state mental hospitals and another 5,000 individuals resided at Partlow State School for the intellectually disabled. Through the advent of modern medicines, […]

Huntsville Group Wants Mental Health Funding Restored

By Jim Little | The Huntsville Times               on July 24, 2015 at 2:39 PM, updated July 24, 2015 at 5:30 PM With the Legislature set to return to Montgomery on Aug. 3 to solve Alabama’s $300 million budget gap, one Huntsville group is organizing to make sure mental health issues are not overlooked. The Huntsville […]

Help & Hope for Dementia Caregivers

Covenant Presbyterian Church at 301 Drake Avenue in Huntsville, is hosting a seminar on Saturday August 8, 2015 from 9 am to 12 pm entitled “Help & Hope for Dementia Caregivers”. The seminar will provide practical advice for caregivers of people with dementia and will dispel the sense of hopelessness that families may experience in […]

Nova Center Receives 2015-2016 CHI Grant

The Nova Center for Youth & Family, the child and adolescent division of WellStone Behavioral Health, was announced today as a 2015-2016 recipient of a Community Health Initiative grant through the Huntsville Hospital Foundation. The most recent CHI award is for $85,000 and will enable the Nova Center to provide school-based mental health services to an […]

Mental Health Awareness Campaign Encourages Being Vocal

A new national mental health awareness campaign was introduced this week and is championed by Demi Lovato, a singer, songwriter, and mental health advocate living with bipolar disorder. Entitled “Be Vocal”, the campaign states that “together we can use our voices in an effort to live well and advance mental health in America”. The campaign […]

Local Rally Brings Mental Health Awareness

Over 200 people gathered at the Huntsville Public Library on May 11, 2015 to recognize May as Mental Health Awareness month and to highlight the impact on local service availability should the currently proposed FY 16 state budget for the Alabama Department of Mental Health become a reality. Several local providers spoke about the reduction […]