The mission of bluegrass.org is to assist individuals and families in the enhancement of their emotional, mental and physical well-being by providing mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities and substance abuse services.
We recognize our responsibility to serve those who have limited options for meeting their needs. We plan with our communities, develop innovative programs to respond rapidly to needs and, as appropriate, help influence community priorities to ensure that individual and community service gaps are addressed.
Kentucky’s Community Mental Health – Mental Retardation Boards were enabled by the State Legislature in 1964, following the passage of the Federal Community Mental Health Centers Act of 1963.
The Central Kentucky Regional Mental Health Board, the first in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, began operation in 1965. In 1971, the Central Kentucky Regional Mental Health Board merged with the Southern Bluegrass Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board to form, what is today, the Bluegrass Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board. Our Community Mental Health Center provides primarily outpatient services to approximately 30,000 individuals (adults and children) in the seventeen counties of the Bluegrass Area Development District.
A key component of the Bluegrass mission is to plan with our communities to develop innovative programs to respond rapidly to individual and community needs. In 1995, we expanded our expertise and service diversification and began operating Eastern State Hospital under a contract separate from Community Mental Health. The operation of a State Psychiatric Facility under the umbrella of a not-for-profit Community Mental Health Board was at the time, and continues to be, a unique arrangement that has demonstrably improved both the quality of inpatient care, and the continuity of care for individuals with mental illness. Eastern State Hospital serves 50 of 120 Counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and over 2000 patients annually.
In the late nineties, we embarked upon an entrepreneurial venture to provide consultation, technical assistance and software solutions to our sister agencies through the establishment of Bluegrass New Directions. Currently, we provide Crisis Line/Call Center Services, Financial Software Systems and our proprietary Electronic Health Record (MH Expert ©) to other Community Mental Health Centers in the Commonwealth.
In 2006, the Bluegrass Board of Directors, once again, responded to the needs of Kentucky’s citizens and communities and initiated an agreement with the Commonwealth to manage the Oakwood ICFMR facility in Somerset, Kentucky. This facility is now one of the premier Intermediate Care Facilities in the Nation, public or private.
Substance Abuse Services:
Regional Programs (SPMI):
This program has dramatically reduced the rate of suicides in the Commonwealth’s jails, thus earning the State Council of Government’s Innovative Program of the Year Award in 2006.
The Kentucky Jail Mental Health Crisis Network provides for coverage of the following services to jails interested in participating:
· Consistent Jail Screening Instruments,
· Telephonic Triage Services,
· Follow-up Mental Health Consultation Services, and
· Statewide Management and Quality Control.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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