Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System

Help Today.... for a Better Tomorrow

aka The Guidance Center   |   Chattanooga, TN   |  www.vbhcs.org

Mission

The mission of the Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System is to empower those who utilize our services in such a manner as to enable them to develop to their potential and improve their quality of life.

Ruling year info

1958

Principal Officer

Mr. Chris Wyre

Main address

P O Box 4755 413 Spring Street

Chattanooga, TN 37405 USA

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Formerly known as

Plateau MHC, Joe Johnson MHC, Hiwassee MHC, Cumberland MHC, The Guidance Center

EIN

62-1589440

NTEE code info

Community Mental Health Center (F32)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Core Services

Core Services include psychiatric/medical services, case management, individual counseling, couple/family counseling, and crisis services. These services are available as part of the outpatient service array throughout the Volunteer system. The teams of professional staff work with the client and/or family to develop a plan of care that meets the needs of the individual. The goal is provide a quality service to those who are in need of mental health services to enhance their quality of life and promote recovery principles.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Regional Intervention Program (RIP) is a nationally recognized model for assisting families with learning behavior management skills. RIP is a grant funded program providing parents with opportunities to learn and practice skills in a supportive environment. The program is designed for families with children under six years of age who are experiencing behavioral problems. RIP is available in the following counties through VBHCS: Rutherford, Putnam, Williamson, Sumner, and Bradley. VBHCS also houses the RIP State Coordinator. The position provides training, consultation, and programmatic guidance to RIP programs throughout the state.

Population(s) Served

Project BASIC (Better Attitudes and Skills in Children) is a school-based mental health early intervention and prevention program. This grant-funded program provides Child Development Specialists in elementary schools. The program targets students from kindergarten to third grade, providing early identification and intervention, teacher consultation and classroom programming to promote positive attitudes and mental health wellness concepts. Families with students at high risk of emotional disturbances are linked to community services and treatment services. Project BASIC is available in the following counties through VBHCS: Rutherford, Warren, Marion, Macon, Cumberland, Meigs, and Bledsoe.

Population(s) Served

Crisis Response Services are a 24/7 service offered across the Volunteer system.  Services include: Mobile crisis services has a call center that is offers a 1-800 number.  The call center is linked with the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  The call center takes calls from a 30 county area.  The call center dispatches crisis counselors across the 30 county area as well as offering "hot line" counseling.  There is also a Walk-In Center in Cookeville and Chattanooga.  The Walk-In Center provides a crisis assessment for those persons who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis and have an immediate need for behavioral health treatment.  The Cookeville and Chattanooga locations also offer a Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU). The CSU is a non-hospital based service that offers medical supervised 24 hr short-term intensive mental health treat to individuals experiencing serious behavioral health issues. Crisis serives provide linae to numerous community resources to help individuals navigate difficult times.  Through the support of crisis services 71% of individuals accessing face-to-face crisis services were able to stay in the community and did not require hospitalization. During FY 09-10 27,178 contact with individuls by the crisis staff, 11,696 of these were face-to-face contacts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Mobile Health Unit is a collaboration between Volunteer, Murfreesboro City Schools, Middle Tennessee Medical Center, and The Primary Care and Hope Clinic.  The unit is a large bus equipped with resouces to provide primary care and behavioral health care services.  The unit parks at a school during different days of the week.  Volunteer provides staffing for the unit two days a week to provide therapy and psychiatric services via telehealth, using a webcam and laptoaccessing the telehealth services and providing case management.  The Mobile Health Unit is a true collaboration of primary care, behavioral health care, and the school system to provide needed care to families and children in Murfreesboro.

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Awards

Outstanding Program/Healing Childhood Trauma 2007

Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations

Suicide Prevention Award 2008

Suicide Prevention Network

Youth Advocate of the Year Award/Anne Stamps 2008

Upper Cumberland Commission on Children and Youth

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 1994

Second Harvest Food Bank 1997

Mental Health Corporations of America 1995

National Council of Community Behavioral Health Organizations 1994

Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organizations 1994

American Psychological Association 1983

Financials

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Volunteer Behavioral Health Care System

Board of directors
as of 3/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Jim Boerner

Physician

Term: 2011 - 2024


Board co-chair

Linda Bennett

Jim Boerner

Private Practice

Dot Jenkins

Educator

Jerry Johnson

Banking

Jim Mercer

County Official

Charles Morris

Pharmacist

Yvonne Peppers

Human Resources

Drew Robinson

Attorney

Grace Tomkins

Community Volunteer

Linda Bennett

Community Volunteer

Tommy Smith

Dr. Fournet

Doctor

Mrs. Gleason

RN

Mr. Pirtle

Real Estate Investor

Mrs. Stewart

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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