June 21, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Trish Hussey, Executive Director
Freedom House Recovery Center
Marci White, Executive Director
Mental Health America of the Triangle
Community Partnership Expands Reach of Mental Health Services to Underserved
Freedom House Recovery Center and Mental Health America of the Triangle Combine Programs
Chapel Hill, NC — Long-time partners Freedom House Recovery Center (FHRC) and Mental Health America of the Triangle (MHAT) are combining programs and services to ensure that more individuals without adequate health care coverage receive access to mental health resources.
As of July 1, 2016, all of MHAT’s programs – Family Advocacy Network, Compeer, Pro Bono Counseling Network, Orange Partnership for Alcohol and Drug-Free Youth and Family Success Alliance– will join and become a part of Freedom House Recovery Center, headquartered in Chapel Hill. While MHAT will no longer exist as a separate entity, their services will continue stronger than ever. By joining with Freedom House Recovery Center, an even stronger network will be created to continue in the shared missions of both organizations. Says Marci White, MHAT executive director, “These programs and services will continue, stronger than ever, and are poised to meet the growing needs of individuals living in Orange, Chatham, Person, and Durham Counties.”
FHRC executive director, Trish Hussey, adds that MHAT programs will enhance and build on its existing evidence-based mental health and substance use disorder services which were provided to 10,000 adults and children in its service area last year. Combining services builds capacity and will help FHRC reach more individuals in need, particularly important as the NC General Assembly plans to cut $262 million in “single stream funding” which supports people who are uninsured or under-insured who need mental health services.
About Freedom House Recovery Center
For over 40 years, Freedom House Recovery Center, a not-for-profit agency, has been committed to making a difference in the lives of people with mental illness and substance use disorder by providing a full range of person-centered, recovery based services and supports for individuals with an array of needs in Orange, Durham, Chatham, Person, Caswell, Warren, Granville, Franklin, Vance, and the Sandhills counties, regardless of ability to pay. To learn more visit: www.freedomhouserecovery.org.
About Mental Health America of the Triangle
Originally named The Mental Health Association in Orange County, MHAT began in 1966 by two individuals who wanted to bring together local families whose lives were disrupted by mental illness. In 2010, MHAT affiliated with the national advocacy organization Mental Health America, to amplify its impact in the community. It’s award-winning programs are powered by dedicated, trained volunteers and professionals who provide high quality, low cost services to those in need. As of July 1, 2016, MHAT will combine its programs and services with Freedom House Recovery Center.