225 Walton Avenue, Suite 120
Lexington KY 40502
Contact Information
Address 225 Walton Avenue, Suite 120
Lexington, KY 40502
Phone (859) 245-2400
Fax 859 245-2443
Contact Name Christy Shuffett
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 2002
Financial Summary
Mission Statement

New Beginnings, Bluegrass' mission is to provide quality housing and recovery-oriented support services to persons with serious mental illness (SMI). 


Background Statement

New Beginnings, Bluegrass, Inc. was formed in 1997 by a group of family members, consumers, members of NAMI Lexington, and mental health professionals who saw a need for safe, affordable, permanent housing for individuals with serious mental illness.  


In an effort to make these needs known, they began a legislative campaign that would eventually lead to a $1 million endowment from the Kentucky State General Fund.  This money was used to purchase housing in Fayette County that would provide a continuum of options for persons with a serious mental illness.  The Board of Directors was able to obtain additional funding for supportive services, operations, and program development.

Impact Statement

New Beginnings' program is modeled after the evidence-based practice of Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), which is independent housing coupled with the provision of community-based services. PSH is viewed as an ideal and cost-effective model that offers independence and opportunity for community integration for persons with SMI. This model has been shown to decrease utilization of homeless shelters, hospitals, emergency rooms, jails, and prisons.  While PSH reduces the cost of caring for some of our most vulnerable citizens, the greater impact is that it allows individuals to enhance their quality of life as demonstrated by becoming more active, integrated members of the community while sustaining safe, decent, and affordable housing in the community.



• Housing Stability:  There are currently 76 individuals with SMI being served in our programs.  84% (64/76) of those served are permanently housed in their own leased units. 
• Community Involvement:  Through encouragement and support of our Housing Support Specialists, 59% (45/76) of our participants have identified and are engaged in individualized socialization activities.
• Employment:  Ten of our program participants maintain gainful employment in the community.
• Increased Access to Resources:  We have assisted 49 program participants with accessing permanent rental subsidies.

Needs Statement

Specialized housing services for individuals with serious mental illness in Fayette County are very limited.  The total array of housing options for persons with SMI offered by New Beginnings is unduplicated in our area.  We hope to identify additional sources of revenue to support our goals to expand our program.

CEO/Executive Director Statement
At New Beginnings we firmly that all individuals, including those with serious mental health issues, have a fundamental right to a safe, decent, and affordable home.  The agency's founders, along with subsequent staff and Board Members, have worked diligently to see that the mission of this organization has been held to the highest standard.
Utilizing a business model for managing the financial functions of the organization has allowed our agency to offer unique, comprehensive and highly productive services to our residents.  We have grown to full capacity and are continuously looking for ways to expand and improve our service offerings.
The continued stability (e.g. lowered hospitalization rates, involvement with the criminal justice system, and housing maintenance) demonstrated by the residents of our housing and service programs are a testament to the success of New Beginnings.
Board Chair Statement
I am very proud of the service that New Beginnings provides to this community. We have always been viewed in a positive light and that is a testimony to the compassion, dedication, and high standard of care of New Beginnings employees. The agency has faced many challenges since it's inception and I believe we have confronted those challenges in an aggressive manner so as not to compromise the services we provide. As with all non-profits, we face continued challenges regarding sustaining and new funding sources. But I believe in the commitment of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director, and all of the staff that we will meet any and all challenges head on and do what is necessary being ever mindful that we will not compromise our mission.
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Group Homes
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Housing Support
Geographic Areas Served
All of the New Beginnings housing and staff are located in Fayette Co., Lexington, Kentucky.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Art Crosby J.D.
Company Affiliation Executive Director, Lexington Fair Housing Council
Board Members
Mr. Dwight Auvenshine Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Rick Christman Vice-ChairmanCEO, Employment SolutionsVoting
Ms. Crystal Coulter Thomas-Hood Veterans CenterVoting
Ms. Kelley Ford Bluegrass.orgVoting
Mr. Phill Gunning Executive Director, Nami LexingtonVoting
Dr. Janelle McNeal McNeal Psychological ServicesVoting
Mr. Nathan Millay TreasurerBluegrass.orgVoting
Ms. Mary K Miller RetiredVoting
Mr David Riggsby NAMI, Performance ImprovementVoting
Mr. Steve Shannon KARP, Inc.Voting
Ms. Virginia Trueblood SecretaryRetiredVoting
Mr. James Wilson Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 65%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 25%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Christy Shuffett
Term Start Sept 2013
Christy Shuffett has extensive experience serving individuals with serious mental illness (SMI).  She began her career in 1998 with Bluegrass Regional MH-MR Board, Central Kentucky's Community Mental Health Center, serving most recently as Director of SPMI Services.
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 10
Volunteers 0
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 86%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 20
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs
Mrs Karen Atkinson June 2006 - Oct 2009
Ms Virginia M Vicini Apr 2008 - Aug 2013
Senior Staff
Title Finance Director
Liz has over twenty five years accounting experience with eight of those years devoted to not-for-profit entities. 
Title Director of Programs
Jeff has a Master's degree in sociology and six years supportive housing experience working with disabled, homeless individuals.
Title Supported Living Director

Elizabeth has a master's degree in social work and has over five years of experience supervising programs serving persons with severe mental illness.

Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
New Beginnings' Housing Support Services provides community-based, recovery-oriented housing supports to persons with serious mental illness in the least restrictive environment possible.
Budget 620000
Category Human Services, General/Other
Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities, ,
Program Long term Success
Housing stability (long term housing maintenance), decreased hospitalizations, decreased involvement with the criminal justice system, enhanced community integration, job obtainment and maintenance, continued education pursuits, socialization are some of the outcomes expected and desired.
Description New Beginnings' Olmstead Housing Program was developed out of the state’s response to provide services to individuals with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to the individual. In the landmark civil rights case, Olmstead v. L. C., 527 U.S. 581 (1999), the United States Supreme Court held that it is unlawful for governments to keep people with disabilities in segregated settings when they can be supported in the community.  This staffed residence successfully serves three individuals in the community who each have extensive hospitalizations at Eastern State Hospital.
Budget 230000
Population Served , ,
Description As a result of the Settlement Agreement between the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Kentucky Protection and Advocacy, the state amended New Beginnings' contract to provide funding to open a staffed residence that will assist three individuals with SMI transition from personal care homes to independent and integrated housing in the community.
Budget 234000
Category Human Services, General/Other
Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities, ,
Description In an effort provide housing supports for as many persons with SMI as possible, New Beginnings expanded its community-based support services with Extended Social Resources granted by the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  New Beginnings partners with landlords in the community to help find permanent housing and rental assistance for persons who otherwise would not be able to access safe, affordable housing.  This outreach program gives priority to individuals who are transitioning from a higher level of care, such as a hospital, personal care home, or jail, to community living.  
Budget 55000
Category Housing, General/Other
Population Served People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities, ,
Description With funding from LFUCG's Extended Social Resource grant, New Beginnings and NAMI Lexington have partnered to operate a Whole Health Improvement Program to provide healthcare supports to individuals with SMI.  Individuals with SMI suffer increased mortality largely due to treatable medical conditions that are not resolved because of lower rates of preventative care service and lack of integration of primary and mental health care.  This program is designed to address these serious issues. 
Budget 79000
Population Served , ,
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
New Beginnings is dependent on mutual collaborations with many agencies both locally and on a state level. The agency works closely with multiple mental health providers, hospitals, other housing agencies, homeless shelters, departments of City and State government, churches, and advocacy groups.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2016
Projected Revenue $1,343,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,343,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$1,184,314$929,591$951,525
Total Expenses$1,042,483$968,603$1,015,192
Revenue Less Expenses$141,831($39,012)($63,667)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,055,517$769,090$807,529
Individual Contributions--$2,769$2,240
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,485$2,387$2,587
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$814,045$756,706$799,538
Administration Expense$228,437$211,897$215,654
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.140.960.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses78%78%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$1,955,734$1,789,054$1,804,664
Current Assets$621,503$573,847$536,355
Long-Term Liabilities$60,289$201,484$180,887
Current Liabilities$174,147$8,103$5,298
Total Net Assets$1,721,298$1,579,467$1,618,479
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 225 Walton Avenue, Suite 120
Lexington, KY 40502
Primary Phone 859 245-2400
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Christy Shuffett
Board Chair Mr. Art Crosby J.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Director, Lexington Fair Housing Council