We hope you got to spend time with your loved ones and recharge for another great year of Uplifting the Human Spirit in 2023.
Looking back on a fantastic year, we could highlight hundreds of outstanding accomplishments. To name a few, we are officially serving the Eastern, Western, and Central communities of Maryland in partnership with the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. This multi-year project brings treatment services back into Maryland’s correctional institutions for the first time since 2016.
In 2022, the Guidance/Care Center received the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) federal award. The award enables us to continue our work as the lead agency in the Florida Keys, providing coordinated, comprehensive behavioral healthcare.
Our Latin America/Caribbean region made great strides in finalizing pending contracts with the local government. These contracts will enable us to expand services and help more people across the region. Their dedicated team sees 2023 as the year for strengthening current programs and ensuring programs with impending grant closeouts secure new funding.
Meanwhile, WestCare Pacific Islands had a fantastic year as they expanded services for Veterans experiencing homelessness with housing, employment skills, and placement assistance and are excited to continue expanding services in Guam, Palau, and Saipan in 2023.
Another great accomplishment comes from four of our regions: California, Oregon, Kentucky, and Tennessee for receiving the highly competitive Staff Sergeant Parker Gordon Fox Suicide Prevention Grant – congratulations to each of these programs! We look forward to seeing the many lives that will be changed with the extensive suicide prevention services to come.
In 2023, we anticipate the opening of The South Florida Center for Women & Children at The Village South as well as breaking ground for WestCare Ohio‘s new facility on Xenia Avenue, Guidance/Care Center’s Heron House rebuild, and WestCare Nevada’s Women and Children’s Campus expansion.
To all of our staff that we are so fortunate to employ, we are proud of your great work and honor the many lives impacted by these efforts.