Formed in 1997, the Alliance for Children is an innovative partnership of leading West Virginia private child welfare organizations with over 563 combined years of experience serving the child welfare and behavioral health needs of West Virginia's children and families. The Alliance makes significant contributions in the areas of service and public development, professional education and training, and the advancement of practice standards at the local, state, national and international levels. Recognized for the contributions made toward improving the quality of life for West Virginia's most vulnerable citizens - our children - the Alliance and its members are guided by many business, religious, and community leaders who serve in key advisory and policy-making roles on Boards and Committees. It is the sum total of each member agency's Board, staff, and volunteers that give the Alliance its ability to serve West Virginia today and in the future. As a partnership of licensed, nationally accredited agencies, the Alliance is committed to creating positive solutions for West Virginia's children, families, and communities.
HealthWays has been providing skilled, competent, comprehensive mental health and behavioral health care services to this community since 1964. They offer programs that change and improve lives. Services provided include Psychiatric/Medical Services, Psychological Services, counseling services, Adult Substance Abuse Program, Miracles Happen Residential Substance Abuse Program and IOP, Passages for Growth Adult IOP, and Case Management Services. Services for persons with Mental Retardation or Developmental Disabilities include four residential sites, case management services, Workshop Services and Day Treatment Services.
Potomac Highlands Guild provides comprehensive behavioral health services for people diagnosed with mental illness, substance use issues, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and other life problems in the most appropriate setting necessary to meet the clinical needs of the customer. Potomac Highlands Guild is one of thirteen comprehensive behavioral health providers in West Virginia. Also, the Guild is a member of the West Virginia Behavioral Healthcare Providers Association, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, First Choice Health Systems, and First Choice Services.
Prestera Center impacts over 20,000 adults, children, and families across West Virginia each year and has been helping people lead happier, more fulfilling lives since 1967. They are the leading provider of quality supports and professional services for people with all kinds of behavioral health and substance abuse needs. They specialize in helping individuals who have a dual diagnosis, meaning many of the people they serve have both mental health and substance abuse needs. As a not-for-profit organization, Prestera Center offers care and services to everyone who needs it regardless of their ability to pay.
Founded in 1969 by West Virginia University, Valley Counseling Services united with The Human Resources Association and incorporated as Valley Community Mental Health Services in 1972. Doing business as Valley HealthCare System, a nonprofit corporation, Valley has grown from a small counseling center located in the basement of a University building to a large multi-county, comprehensive behavioral health program. Spurred by the federal government, funds became available through the passage of the Community Mental Health Center Act of 1963, introduced by President John F. Kennedy and Valley was able to establish itself as one of 13 federally-funded mental health centers in the state in the early 1970’s. Over the years, Valley has continued to add to its array of services for people with disabilities, including services for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health and chemical dependency issues.
The professionals at Westbrook Health Services strive daily to meet the behavioral health needs of people struggling with mental health, developmental and addiction challenges in Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood Counties. Westbrook is the 7th largest non-governmental employer in Roane County, the 8th in Wood County, and the 98th largest employer in West Virginia, employing over 600 people, and meeting the needs of 8,000 people in our community every year.