In July 2015, WellSpring Resources merged with Centerstone, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit providers of community-based behavioral healthcare. Some press release may reflect our former name and brand.

Centerstone, Prairie Center and WellSpring Resources to Join Forces

Mental health providers pursue merger to advance the treatment of mental illness and addictions

Urbana, Carterville and Alton, Illinois—Centerstone, Prairie Center and WellSpring Resources have signed a letter of intent to merge. By combining the operations of the three behavioral health organizations, Centerstone, Prairie Center and WellSpring Resources , will create one of the largest community-based providers of mental health and addiction services in Illinois. Together, these providers will be better able to expand their reach and meet the behavioral healthcare needs of people of all ages.

“Centerstone is delighted to take this step in exploring a merger with Prairie Center and WellSpring Resources,” said David C. Guth, Jr. CEO of Centerstone. “Our organizations have a great deal in common including a focus on quality care, a commitment to leveraging technology to enhance patient care, and a dedication to integrated care and ensuring the whole health of our clients. Together, we have great opportunities to advance the care we provide and strengthen our ability to serve our communities.”

Centerstone is one of the largest non-profit providers of behavioral healthcare in the nation. In operation for 60 years, it has provider organizations in Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee, which provide an array of treatment, support and educational programs and services to more than 117,000 individuals who have mental health and addiction disorders and developmental disabilities.

As part of the proposed merger, Prairie Center and WellSpring Resources would become a part of Centerstone, which has operations in West Frankfort, Carterville, Marion, and Carbondale, and serves more than 9,000 people each year.

“The prospect of welcoming Prairie Center and WellSpring Resources to Centerstone is exciting,” said John Markley, CEO of Centerstone of Illinois. “In the changing healthcare environment, there is strength in numbers. By combining our areas of expertise and sharing best practices and resources, we will be better positioned to enhance our services and expand the ways we care for our communities each day.”

Under the proposed agreement, Markley would continue to serve as CEO of Centerstone of Illinois. Bruce Suardini, CEO of Prairie Center, would serve as vice president for the East Region, and Jennifer Craig, Interim CEO of WellSpring Resources, would serve as the organization’s chief operating officer.

“Operationally, this is a challenging time for behavioral healthcare providers,” said Bruce Suardini. “Budget cuts, reimbursement uncertainties and the need to invest in new technology and infrastructure are leading many to scale back their services and, in extreme cases, shut their doors. I’m proud that Centerstone, WellSpring Resources and Prairie Center are coming together to strengthen our operations for the future. I hope that our state legislature is prepared to meet organizations like ours halfway, reducing the proposed budget cuts that are threatening our abilities to meet the needs of our communities.”

With the addition of Prairie Center and WellSpring Resources, Centerstone of Illinois will have 700 employees in 11 counties that provide services to nearly 18,000 people of all ages annually. Following the finalization of this proposed Illinois merger and pending affiliation with Manatee Glens in Florida that is expected to be complete this summer, Centerstone will be an organization with 160 locations in Florida, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee and approximately $210 million in annual revenues. It will employ more than 3,200 people and serve an estimated 142,000 individuals.

“Joining Centerstone is exciting for our organization, our employees, our clients and our communities,” said Jennifer Craig. “Centerstone, Prairie Center and WellSpring Resources share a vision for the future of behavioral healthcare. We have compatible cultures, complementary services and similar approaches to care. As one organization, we will be able to learn from one another and enhance how we care for our communities and how behavioral healthcare is delivered nationwide.”

The letter of intent allows Centerstone, Prairie Center and WellSpring Resources to complete due diligence and finalize a merger agreement. Pending legal and regulatory reviews, this process is expected to take a minimum of 60-90 days.

 

About Prairie Center
The Prairie Center is a not-for-profit, substance abuse treatment center dedicated to providing the highest quality of prevention, intervention, education, and counseling services. With over 47 years of service to the community, Prairie Center’s primary service area includes Champaign, Ford, and Vermilion counties. Prairie Center’s 85-member staff offers a comprehensive array of substance abuse education and treatment services in a variety of settings, not just on our facilities in Champaign, Danville, and Urbana. Prairie Center serves over 5,000 individuals and their families annually. Learn more at http://prairie-center.com.
About WellSpring Resources
Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville, WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, over 7,600 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s mental health and substance abuse services. Learn more at http://www.wellspringresources.co.

 

About Centerstone
Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, is one of the nation’s largest behavioral healthcare providers. It offers a range of treatment, support and educational programs and services to individuals who have mental health and addiction disorders and developmental disabilities. Each year, the organization serves more than 117,000 people of all ages at nearly 150 locations across Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee. It also operates the Centerstone Foundation, Centerstone Research Institute, Advantage Behavioral Health, Centerstone Military Services and Centerstone Health Partners.

May 8, 2015

 

Excellence in Mental Health Act to Hit Home

On April 1, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Excellence in Mental Health Act. The new law promises improved access to community mental health services and better quality of care for those with mental health conditions. Karen Sopronyi-Tompkins, Chief Executive Officer for local behavioral health center WellSpring Resources, said the changes created by this new law will hit home in the Riverbend area.

“We are excited that these changes are being made at a national level,” Sopronyi-Tompkins said. “The law will make significant improvements for people with mental health conditions, who tend to be part of an underserved and vulnerable population. I am not saying that people with mental health conditions are weak—many of our consumers are among the strongest, bravest people I know—but I am saying that there is a lack a resources to help them succeed.”

Sopronyi-Tompkins said that the Alton area and many of its surrounding communities are considered to be a mental health professional shortage area according to theU.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. This creates a problem for the estimated 421,000 adults and 142,000 children who live with serious mental health conditions in Illinois (NAMI, 2010).

“Without treatment, people with mental health conditions are at an increased risk for unemployment, incarceration, homelessness, and physical health problems,” Sopronyi-Tompkins said. “These problems affect all of us, and that is why it is important that we provide support for mental health services at all levels—from the White House to our local courthouse. Accessible mental health services help keep our community and its residents healthy and productive.”

The new law will invest $900 million in mental health demonstration projects in eight states to improve the reach and quality of mental health services. The law will also establish a certification program to define what constitutes a mental health center, ensuring uniformity in the delivery of services.

For more information about WellSpring Resources and the mental health services it provides, call (618) 462-2331 for the Alton office or (618) 639-2010 for the Jerseyville office.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, over 6,000 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s mental health and substance abuse services. Visit us here for more information.

The services Mental Health Court Case Management, Senior Services, Outpatient, Adult Community Support and Child/Adolescent Community Support and provider WellSpring Resources is funded by the Madison County Mental Health Board.

April 30, 2014

 

WellSpring Resources Joins Mental Health Centers of America

WellSpring Resources has announced its recent acceptance to join mhca, a national alliance of select organizations that provide behavioral health and/or related services. mhca is designed to strengthen members’ competitive position, enhance their leadership capabilities and facilitate their strategic networking opportunities. Wellspring Resources is among just a dozen behavioral health providers in Illinois to be included in mhca’s network of entrepreneurial members.

Established in 1985, the non-profit mhca now has 133 members in 32 states. It is headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida and headed by CEO Dale E. Shreve. In welcoming WellSpring Resources to mhca, Shreve commended its CEO Karen Sopronyi-Tompkins on her decision to participate and said there will be mutual benefit in the membership as “Ms. Sopronyi-Tompkins brings considerable talent and experience to the group.”

At the heart of mhca’s purpose and work is a belief that community behavioral health providers must rise to the challenges presented by a transforming healthcare delivery system. Members recognize that major shifts are occurring in demographics, technology, politics, the economy and organizational frameworks. There is an increasing demand to contain cost, deliver more efficient and measurable services and engage employees whose skills and personal/professional investment reflect the organization’s commitment to excellence.

Through their mhca membership, these organizations are encouraged to learn best practices from each other and are introduced to nationally recognized experts in healthcare delivery and business leadership. Members regularly examine their corporate vision and are given tools to anticipate tomorrow’s challenges.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, over 6,000 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s mental health and substance abuse services. Visit us HERE for more information.

The services Mental Health Court Case Management, Senior Services, Outpatient, Adult Community Support and Child/Adolescent Community Support and provider WellSpring Resources is funded by the Madison County Mental Health Board.

April 24, 2014

 

Junior Service Club Grant to Help Children at WellSpring Resources

Several boxes arrived at WellSpring Resources last week and the agency’s Director of Counseling Services, Erin Bickle, says that they contain much more than packing peanuts.

“These boxes contain the promise of hope and recovery for area children,” Bickle said.

The boxes are filled with several toys and a dollhouse that will enhance the agency’s child therapy program. Grant funds from the Junior Service Club of Edwardsville-Glen Carbon were used to purchase the toys.

“In therapy children are encouraged to act out their emotions through play,” Bickle said. “Our clinicians interpret play and help children find strategies to cope with change, traumatic experiences and other problems.”

According to the Association for Play Therapy, through therapy “children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development.”

According to Signs for Life—Play Therapy for Deaf Children, play therapy works by building “new neural pathways in the brain by releasing anti-anxiety chemicals.” This process improves the child’s sense of well-being and helps them better cope with their emotions. Play Therapy United Kingdom states that 74% – 83% of children show a positive change after play therapy.

Bickle said that WellSpring Resources treated nearly 1,700 children last year and the generosity of the Junior Service Club of Edwardsville-Glen Carbon is sure to improve the experience of even more children this year.

For more information about this grant project or about WellSpring Resources, contact Alexandra Cope, Development Coordinator, at (618) 462-2331 or at acope@wellspringresources.co.

The Junior Service Club of Edwardsville-Glen Carbon is a philanthropic, service and social club that strives to further interest among membership and the civic and economic welfare of the community.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, over 6,000 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s mental health and substance abuse services. Follow the link here for more information.

The services Mental Health Court Case Management, Senior Services, Outpatient, Adult Community Support and Child/Adolescent Community Support and provider WellSpring Resources is funded by the Madison County Mental Health Board.

March 26, 2014

 

New Director of Developement

WellSpring Resources has just welcomed a new Director of Development to its fundraising team. Lura January will oversee the agency’s Development team and functions, including fundraising, marketing, and public relations strategic planning.

January’s expertise is in fundraising and relationship development. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Loyola University Chicago. She has also worked as a fundraising professional for the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Gateway Area Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

“Lura is passionate about serving the Alton community and we are excited to have someone with her skills join our team,” Anne Tyree, WellSpring Resources’ Chief Development Officer, said.

Due to WellSpring’s rapid growth, many new positions have been created and need to be filled. Click here to view current job openings. For questions about employment opportunities at WellSpring Resources, contact the agency’s Human Resources department by calling (618) 462-2331.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, over 6,000 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s mental health and substance abuse services. Visit us here for more information.

The services Mental Health Court Case Management, Senior Services, Outpatient, Adult Community Support and Child/Adolescent Community Support and provider WellSpring Resources is funded by the Madison County Mental Health Board.

March 20, 2014

 

A Solemn Celebration: Minority Mental Health Month

The U.S. House of Representatives proclaimed July as National Mental Health Minority Month in 2008 to raise awareness for mental illness in minority groups and to honor Bebe Moore Campbell, an author and co-founder of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Urban Los Angeles. Since then, people and organizations from all over the country have been celebrating this month and trying to improve mental health resources for minorities in the U.S.

The status of your mental health affects your overall wellbeing, regardless of your race, but—as a report by the Surgeon General in 2001 proved—your race does affect what types of mental health resources are available to you. The report said that non-whites are just a likely as whites to experience mental illness, but they are less likely to receive mental health treatment and are more likely to receive poor treatment if they do find help.

A study conducted by the Asian American Psychological Association in 2005 concluded that Asian Americans show higher levels of psychological distress (in comparison to other groups) when they come in for counseling. The same study suggested this is because many Asian Americans postpone seeking treatment.

Many people delay seeking mental health treatment because they are afraid of being humiliated or shunned by their peers, or because they have few places to turn to for help. Unfortunately, postponing treatment can have devastating consequences. According to Office of Minority Health (a sector of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) “suicide attempts for Hispanic girls, grades 9-12, were 70% higher than for White girls in the same age group, in 2011.” The Centers for Disease Control found that the highest suicide rates from 2005-2009 were among American Indian/Alaskan Native males with about 27 suicides per 100,000. This number may be even larger because suicide is considered shameful or taboo among some Native American groups, and many suicides may go unreported.

Why does this happen? Some of the reasons suggested include:

– Some minority populations represent a majority of low income households and are not able to afford mental health services. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2009 the median income for white families was over a little over $60,000 while the median income for African-Americans and Hispanics hung just below $40,000.
– These individuals may feel embarrassed or ashamed, and avoid seeking treatment. This happens in both minority and majority groups.
– Immigrants in the U.S. are often met with language barriers that make it difficult for them to become enrolled in or receive treatment.
– Some minorities report experiencing racism and prejudice when seeking treatment by organizations, doctors, clinicians or other consumers of mental health services.
– When minorities (immigrants or American-born) finally do receive treatment, cultural traditions can lead to misunderstandings with mental health professionals and may lead to an improper diagnosis or discontinuation of treatment.

WellSpring Resources, a behavioral health services provider located in Alton, Illinois, would like to invite community members from every race to support Minority Mental Health Month by encouraging others to seek help for their mental health issues or to seek help for themselves. WellSpring Resources is a non-profit organization and provides services to people of all races, ages, and genders, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information about Mental Health Minority Month or about WellSpring Resources call Alexandra Cope at (618) 462-2331.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, 4,600 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s mental health and substance abuse services. Visit www.wellspringresources.co for more information.

The service’s Mental Health Court Case Management, Senior Services, Outpatient, Adult Community Support and Child/Adolescent Community Support and provider WellSpring Resources is funded by the Madison County Mental Health Board.

April 22, 2013

Springtime Splash Event to Honor Local Heroes and Raise Funds

Join WellSpring Resources on May 16 at the Alton Holiday Inn (3800 E. Homer Adams Parkway, Alton) for Springtime Splash: Journey to Wellness. The event will celebrate this year’s Mental Health Heroes—David Hayes and Andy Feller—and help raise awareness and funds for WellSpring Resources. WellSpring Resources provides mental health and substance abuse services to Madison, Jersey, Calhoun, and Greene Counties.

Hayes is the former police chief of Alton and currently works as the Assistant Director of the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission. He has worked throughout his career to promote mental health prevention and intervention services, violence prevention, and substance abuse prevention in the community.

Feller is a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer with the Edwardsville Police Department and an instructor at Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy. As a CIT Officer, he teaches advocacy for those with mental health conditions while minimizing the threat to law enforcement.

Guests will enjoy a buffet dinner, basket auctions, raffles, and a Meet and Learn with Mental Health Experts. Call (618) 462-2331, ext. 2219 for more information or to purchase tickets. Tickets are $35 per person and $60 per couple. Dinner is included in the ticket price. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville, WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, 4,600 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s mental health and substance abuse services. Visit www.wellspringresources.co for more information.

 

March 7, 2013

WellSpring Resources Announces Mental Health Heroes for 2013

WellSpring Resources is proud to announce its 2013 Heroes. This year’s Heroes are former Alton Chief of Police David Hayes and Edwardsville Police Officer Andy Feller. Each of these men has gone to great lengths to help reduce the stigma that surrounds mental health conditions in our community.

Chief Hayes provided support and insight to a major federal grant to the Alton School District. The grant focused on violence prevention by providing behavioral health services and pro-social activities in the Alton schools for youth and families.

During his tenure as chief, Hayes responded quickly to increasing deaths from heroin addiction and other dangerous drugs in the community. He held Town Hall meetings that provided education and awareness to the entire community, advocated for the use of drug courts, and provided prescription drug take-back to remove unnecessary drugs from homes and streets.

Hayes is also a strong advocate for providing at-risk youth an opportunity to change the course of their lives through education, support and service to their community. He describes the process of learning about “restorative justice”, a process where a youth makes amends for actions that hurt other youth or property, as “eye opening.”

Officer Andy Feller is a ten-year veteran with the Edwardsville Police Department. Feller completed Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) training in 2004 and soon after began teaching others the tools and techniques of the CIT model. Feller has fostered the use of experienced and certified CIT officers as evaluators in the training program as well as worked to build and train a troop of improvisational actors that are used for accurate role play in a peer-to-peer setting. His dedication to this model led to CIT certification moving from a written format to a role play-based evaluation which has grown to include dispatchers, county corrections officers, civilian police employees, probation officers, and law enforcement command personnel. Feller runs the role-play evaluation process for CIT in Illinois.
Feller currently teaches at SWIC Police Academy for new law enforcement recruits, and presents at numerous civic organizations and universities throughout the year. He teaches advocacy for those with mental health conditions while minimizing the threat to law enforcement. He often uses his own free and vacation time to support activities in support of the CIT program.

Hayes and Feller will receive their awards at WellSpring Resources’ annual Springtime Splash Event. The event will take place on May 16 at the Holiday Inn in Alton from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and $60 per couple. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Alexandra Cope, Development Coordinator, at (618) 462-2331, ext. 2219.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville, WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, 4,600 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s mental health and substance abuse services. Visit www.wellspringresources.co/a> for more information.

 

February 8, 2013

WellSpring Resources Receives Grant from Alton Woman’s Home Association

WellSpring Resources recently received a $10,000 grant from the Alton Woman’s Home Association. Grant funds will be used to fund Medication Assisted Recovery Services (MARS) scholarships for low-income women who are pregnant or parenting while addicted to opiates. The grant will cover the expense of 2 to 3 women who need MARS, but cannot afford it.

Women who are addicted to opiates and pregnant or parenting are a priority population for MARS, because addiction affects the children of the addicted mother. Unborn children who are exposed to opiate consumption can experience adverse affects in the womb, like birth defects. Addiction to any substance can lead to bad choices and neglect. Treating women with opiate addiction helps both the mother and her children.

Medication-Assisted Recovery for individuals with opiate addiction requires methadone treatments. Methadone is a synthetic opiate that helps stabilize patients against withdrawal while blocking the effects of drugs like heroin and morphine. With the help of medical professionals and a treatment plan, methadone doses can help individuals stop their pattern of substance abuse. According to the California Society of Addiction Medicine, methadone maintenance is associated with a success rate of 60 – 90 percent.

The purpose of the Alton Woman’s Home Association is to serve needy women and children in Madison County, Illinois.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource center serving Madison, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville, WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, 4,600 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s mental health and substance abuse services. Visit www.wellspringresources.co for more information.

January 24, 2013

Local Counselor’s Book Will Transform Your Outlook on Life

Broken & Transformed by Kristi Lemley

Broken & Transformed by Kristi Lemley

We all go through tough times, but a local author has found ways to make the transition easier. Broken and Transformed: Moving Beyond Life’s Difficult Times by Kristi Lemley, is a personal testimonial and an instructional book that helps people get through life’s toughest moments. Lemley is an Ordained Minister and the founder of Living Light Ministries. She works as a counselor atWellSpring Resources in Alton.

“I wrote this book for people who may not be able to share their feelings or go to counseling, so they don’t feel so alone and so they recognize hope.” Lemley said.

Broken and Transformed includes personal accounts from the author and others, in addition to advice on how to overcome obstacles and maintain hope. The Broken and Transformed workbook provides exercises that strengthen both mental wellness and faith. Lemley said that her book and its companion workbook can help people recognize the healing qualities of self-reflection.

“Writing can be therapeutic—when I was younger, I would write to help me deal with difficult situations,” Lemley said. “I want to share the joy of this exercise with others.”

Broken and Transformed was published in December and is available for purchase on Amazon.com or at Lemley’s website: kristilemley.com. For more information, contact Lemley at (618) 462-2331.

Lemley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has 15 years of experience in substance abuse and counseling services. She received her BS from Illinois State University and MSW from St. Louis University. Lemley’s areas of specialty are trauma, substance abuse, dialectical behavioral therapy, and Christian counseling.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, 4,600 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s mental health and substance abuse services. Visit www.wellspringresources.cofor more information.

January 17, 2013

WellSpring Resources Now Offers DUI Services at Alton, Illinois Location

Wellspring Resources has recently expanded its DUI Services to its Alton, Illinois location. WellSpring provides DUI evaluations for Court and the Secretary Of State, DUI education, and counseling services. WellSpring also provides evaluation services to individuals who wish to restore their driving privileges.

By Illinois law, anyone arrested for drunk driving must go through an alcohol and drug evaluation before their driving privileges can be restored. The evaluation is used to determine an individual’s hours of education needed and helps create their treatment plan.

“WellSpring has highly capable staff—some of our most experienced staff, in fact—performing DUI services,” Dawn Hirsch-Gregorio, WellSpring’s Director of Substance Abuse Services, said. “We often get compliments from DUI lawyers because our evaluations are so detailed.”

WellSpring will provide the court or the Office of the Secretary of State information to determine the level of education or treatment an individual needs. After the evaluation, the individual can receive treatment, which may include: DUI Risk Education, counseling, substance abuse treatment, or other activities as decided by a counselor. These treatments are also offered at WellSpring Resources.

For more information about DUI Services or to learn how to get started, contact Dawn Hirsch-Gregorio at (618) 462-2331.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Greene, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, 4,600 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s mental health and substance abuse services. Visit www.wellspringresources.co for more information.

December 10, 2012

WellSpring Resources Welcomes a New Psychiatrist and New Possibilities

 

WellSpring Resources added a new psychiatrist to its team this week, allowing the agency to treat more consumers in need of behavioral health services. Dr. Mary Hanessian will see consumers at WellSpring’s Alton and Jerseyville offices.

“We are so excited to be able to add additional psychiatric staff,” Chief Executive Officer Karen Sopronyi-Tompkins said. “We have seen an increase in the number of consumers who need psychiatric services and medications, and we want to be able to serve them in a timely manner.”

Dr. Hanessian graduated with her doctorate in medicine from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and completed her residency at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois, where she received 12 months of training in psychosomatic medicine. She co-authored the case study “Conversion Disorder? One Patient’s ‘Moving’ Story,” which appeared in Current Psychiatry in 2006.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, 4,600 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s behavioral health and substance abuse services. Visit www.wellspringresources.co for more information.

November 12, 2012

WellSpring Resources Serves Returning Veterans

 

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), nearly 33% of servicemen and servicewomen who have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan will experience mental health issues. To meet the needs of these returning veterans WellSpring Resources has four counselors certified to treat veterans—and their families—with behavioral health issues. Several more counselors are currently working towards this certificate and many are expected to finish the program before the end of the year. Community contributions to support this training totaled $1,000 – and will support the treatment of veterans experiencing mental illness, substance abuse problems or homelessness.

The training process helps counselors to understand military language, culture, and experiences so that veterans do not feel further isolated while in treatment. Counselors receive their Serving Our Veterans Behavioral Health Certificate after completing a curriculum of 14 courses. The curriculum is based on guidelines developed by the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs for treating conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma, addiction and depression.

“I think the training was very helpful and insightful. I do a lot with PTSD and learning more about the military is very important,” said Kristi Lemley, a therapist at WellSpring Resources. “It also makes you think about the lives affected when someone is in the military; not just the person enlisted, but spouses, children, parents and other family members. They need support as well.” WellSpring Resources is part of TriCare and Military OneSource health benefit programs for veterans.

Treating mental illness helps veterans get back to living healthy, productive lives and saves the nation money. According to a report released by the National Council for Behavioral Health, every dollar invested in evidence-based care for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans experiencing mental illness results in $2.50 in savings over two years. Additionally, the National Council predicts that if all the untreated veterans with PTSD and/or major depression (which is about 210,000 veterans) received effective treatment, the investment of about $481 million would equal out to more than $1.2 billion in savings.

If you are or you know a veteran who is experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome, trauma, addiction, depression, or who is homeless call WellSpring Resources at (618) 462-2331 for more information or to become enrolled in services.

 

October 23, 2012

WellSpring Resources to Host Fall Blood Drive

 

WellSpring Resources will host a Red Cross blood drive on November 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The drive will be held on the second floor of WellSpring’s headquarters building at 2615 Edwards Street, Alton.

According to the Red Cross, the Missouri-Illinois Region must collect approximately 800 blood products each day to keep up with the demand from hospitals. By donating blood, community members will help victims of traumatic events and serious illness, like chemotherapy patients. The blood you donate today could save a life tomorrow.

Eligible donors are encouraged to stay well hydrated before giving blood. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger must also meet certain height and weight requirements.

For more information on donating blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcross.org. To schedule an appointment to donate at the WellSpring Resources blood drive, call Kelly Medlin at (618) 462-2331 or email her at kmedlin@wellspringresources.co.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville, WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, more than 3,700 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s behavioral health and substance abuse services. Visit www.wellspringresources.co for more information.

 

October 9, 2012

Grant Received to Improve Health Care for Disabled

 

In the last week of September, WellSpring Resources (WR) was awarded a $1.6 million, four year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as part of the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) Program. The program aims to provide communities with improved access to primary care services, improved early detection and treatment of serious illnesses, and better overall health by partnering with publicly funded behavioral health organizations like WellSpring Resources.

“This is an opportunity to be at the leading edge of health care reform,” says WellSpring CEO Karen Sopronyi-Tompkins. “We welcome the opportunity to make a significant difference in people’s lives through this grant.”

The PBHCI project will provide both behavioral health and primary care services for people experiencing serious mental illness (SMI) at a single location, through a partnership with Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation (SIHF). A serious mental illness (SMI) is defined as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bi-polar disorder, and major depression that affect an individual’s ability to live independently. Adults with SMI die on average 25 years earlier than the mainstream population, and experience higher rates of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, substance abuse, emergency room use, and hospitalization.

Through collaboration with SIHF, the program will meet the primary and behavioral healthcare needs and goals of consumers. The goal is to achieve improved physical and mental wellness, an improved health care experience for the consumer, and less use of emergency rooms and hospitals. Providing behavioral health and primary care services in one convenient location will also reduce the likelihood of a break in treatment for individuals experiencing SMI.

The grant will create five full-time equivalent positions, including nursing, case management, and peer coaches. Trained peer coaches will work with consumers to provide motivation and inspiration to their peers. They will also conduct classes on nutrition, wellness, stress management, and problem solving.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources provides behavioral health services to residents of Madison, Jersey, and Calhoun counties in Illinois. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, more than 3,700 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s services. Visit www.wellspringresources.co for more information.

Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation is a community-based, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) network that was founded in 1985. The network features nearly 40 health centers located in seven counties in Southern Illinois. SIHF employs more than 1,500 people, including over 140 medical providers as well as a controlled affiliate hospital in Centreville, Illinois. As an FQHC, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation serves predominately low income or medically underserved populations throughout southern Illinois.

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

 

September 19, 2012

Partnership Between WellSpring Resources and Roxana Schools will Bring Improved Safety and Health to Students

 

A three-year renewable grant from the Illinois Division of Mental Health will create a partnership between WellSpring Resources (WR) and the Roxana School District. A full-time WR staff member is now located at the High School to serve middle and high school students. The program’s goal is to improve social and emotional skills among youth; promote healthy behaviors and reduce emotional problems; increase safety for students; and reduce disciplinary problems.

The vision for this collaboration is to develop the understanding that wellness is not just physical. It spans a continuum that includes social and emotional health. With improved social and emotional health, WR and Roxana Schools expect to see a decrease in violence and bullying, and an increase in attendance and graduation rates. As part of the overall initiative, teachers and support staff will receive training on social and emotional learning and positive behavior interventions and supports for students.

For more information regarding this program contact Anne Tyree, WellSpring Resources’ Chief Development Officer, at 618-462-2331, ext. 2320 or at atyree@wellspringresources.co.

The Roxana School District serves Roxana and South Roxana, as well as parts of Wood River, Edwardsville, and Rosewood Heights. The District enrolls almost 2,000 students, and is committed to providing each and every one with the excellent education that they need to succeed.

Founded in 1959, WellSpring Resources is a total mental wellness resource serving Madison, Jersey, and Calhoun counties. With offices in Alton and Jerseyville WellSpring’s compassionate professionals work with children, adults and families to inspire hope and personal growth. Last year, more than 3,700 people sought to change their lives for the better through WellSpring’s behavioral health and substance abuse services. Visit www.wellspringresources.co for more information.