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Wellspring Administrative Center 225 W. Breckinridge Street Telephone: (502) 637-4361 Fax: (502) 637-4490 Officers and Directors

Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Louisville, KY Permit No. 1105

P.O. Box 1927 Louisville, KY 40201-1927

Jefferey M. Yussman, Chair Paul A. Coomes, Vice Chair George W. Rapp, Jr., Treasurer Cissy Mills, Secretary Robert P. Bordogna Meredith Brown Trinity Campisano Dawn Franklin Croft Rif S. El-Mallakh, MD William Friel Phillip J. Keller Gregory A. Mayes Nancy Neill Margaret Pennington Jack Trawick Elmore A. “Ack” Willets, III

Honorary Lifetime Members

Nancy B. Bell Barry Bingham, Sr. Roberta Fischer Rev. Richard H. Humke Clifford C. Kuhn, M.D. Malcolm R. Mathews, Jr. Cornelia A. Serpell Jackie Swigart, Ph.D. Bosworth M. Todd, Jr.

Founding Board Chair

Philip P. Ardery (1914 - 2012)

Management Team

Katharine R. Dobbins, LCSW Chief Executive Officer Robert L. Brodbeck Chief Operating Officer T. Patrick Rhodes, LCSW Director of Programs

Healthcare and Mental Health Funding in Kentucky - A Message from the CEO

Wellspring’s Mission:

To promote the recovery of persons with mental illness through leadership in the development of quality housing and rehabilitation services.

Wellspring: A Proud Participant in the Kosair Charities High Flyer Funds Matching Grant Program

The goal of the Kosair Charities High Flyer Funds is to inspire others in the community to partner with Kosair Charities to help more Kosair Kids®, and to help donors achieve their own dreams for our community’s children. Through this extraordinary opportunity, Wellspring has the potential of raising $200,000 via gifts of $10,000 to $50,000 made to The Wellspring High Flyer Fund at Kosair Charities. Those gifts are then matched dollar-to-dollar, and distributed by Kosair Charities to Wellspring to help us restore self-sufficiency and strengthen families who are impacted by mental illness. To date, Wellspring has raised over $90,000 – but $54,500 is still available to match any gift $10,000 or over. If you can help us complete the challenge, contact us today! Kosair Charities President, Randy Coe, presented a $50,000 check to Wellspring, which our Board Chair, Jeff Yussman, gladly accepted.

Nancy L. Doctor Development Director

Healthcare in Kentucky is in a real state of flux. The Affordable Care Act, the expansion of the Medicaid rolls, and the addition of newly Medicaid-eligible services and provider types are profoundly impacting the way services are delivered. The changes bring both excitement and trepidation for those of us in the field. As with all system-wide change, there will be gains and losses. The good news is that many people who could not afford health insurance are now covered and, in the long run, we hope that this will be very good for these individuals who can now obtain a primary care provider, engage in preventive care services, and address other health issues, including mental illness. The state and federal government see the Affordable Care Act as a means toward a healthier society and as an opportunity to shift historical state and federal funding dollars away from their sustaining role in healthcare as Medicaid and other insurance providers pick up more of these costs. In Kentucky, behavioral health providers who have historically received sustaining funds through the Department of Behavioral Health are feeling the pinch as state and federal funds are starting to be withdrawn with the expectation that Medicaid will cover the gap since more people and more services are covered. It makes sense, but we have not had much opportunity to put this theory to the test, so it feels a little like a sink-or-swim ultimatum to many providers. Services that do not fall neatly into the Medicaid categories are at risk for elimination. Adding to the complexity ushered in by the ACA, all Medicaid in Kentucky is now managed through Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). The MCOs are charged with making sure that the services that their clients receive are cost effective and medically necessary. This sounds good, but MCOs exist in a complex world of competing responsibilities, too. The state expects MCOs to deliver on their money-saving promises, clients expect quality services provided by qualified professionals, and the MCOs need to contain costs and, at the same time (for those that are publically traded), please their shareholders. Kathy Dobbins, Wellspring CEO


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May 2014

The 16 th AnnualWellspring Derby Preview Party

another fundraising record surpassed $130,000+ raised!

Louisville Mayor Greg WAVE3 News interviewed Kathy Dobbins Fischer and Vice President during the event. Thanks to renewed efforts of the of Racing Communications DPP Commitee, Wellspring got TV interviews at Churchill Downs, on 4 stations and several print pieces, too! John Asher Mayor Greg Fischer presented a token of our appreciation to John Asher for his many years of making our Derby Preview Party a night to remember: a custommade John Asher bobble-head doll! Long-time Wellspring friend and 2014 Bid for Recovery donor, Alan MacDonald. Delighted auction winners included Patty Swope (in red), who went home with a Dan Dry hand-signed giclee canvas print.

Handicapper and Wellspring friend, Bill Doolittle, called the winner of the Kentucky Derby for the THIRD year in a row!

supportive housing | affordable housing | crisis stabilization services | housing first

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Wellspring Newsletter, May 2014

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