History & Mission

History

In 1963 President John F. Kennedy signed the Community Mental Health Act into law. In Kentucky, the state legislature established Community Mental Health Centers in 1964. Kentucky was the first state in the nation to have a system of Community Mental Health Centers providing services to the entire Commonwealth.  

The non-profit Central Kentucky Regional Mental Health Board was the first in Kentucky, beginning operation in 1965. Today, Bluegrass provides outpatient services to nearly 30,000 adults, children and families in 17 Central Kentucky counties. Our mission is to work with our communities to develop innovative programs to respond rapidly to individual and community needs.

Bluegrass continues as a non-profit to provide an integrated system of care partnered with the highest level of service to assure positive outcomes for individuals and families in the areas of mental health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Annually Bluegrass provide 1.3 million in free clinical services, maintains as staff of nearly 300 clinicians, serves the community with 48 program locations and takes more than 87,000 phone calls on our 24-Hour Help Line 1.800.928.8000.


Mission

The mission of Bluegrass is to assist individuals and families in the enhancement of their emotional, mental and physical well-being by providing behavioral health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disability services. We serve those who have limited options for meeting their behavioral health needs.

We follow seven principles while implementing our mission

  1. Treat people with dignity and respect.  
  2. Believe people are capable of making progress and change.  
  3. Strive to make our services accessible to all members of the community.  
  4. Provide services consistent with the highest standards of care.  
  5. Believe successful therapy requires staff with high levels of knowledge, skills and integrity.  
  6. Believe our status as a private non-profit organization provides a unique opportunity to respond to the needs of people at the local level, recognizing they are most capable of identifying their own needs.  
  7. Ensure continuation of services by being responsible fiscal managers.