Lafayette Crisis Center to merge
Executive Director Jane McCann enters information into the data base about the upcoming free family dinner at Bauer Community Center Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Lafayette Crisis Center. Officials announced on Thursday that Mental Health America of Tippecanoe County will be absorbing the Lafayette Crisis Center. Talks of a merger have been underway since McCann announced her pending retirement earlier in the year.(Photo: John Terhune/Journal Courier, John Terhune/Journal Courier)
Mental Health America of Tippecanoe will absorb Lafayette Crisis Center in a merger that officials said Thursday will boost mental health services in Greater Lafayette.
Since 1970, the crisis center has provided an array of services. Among current programs are rape and suicide survivor support groups and a 24 "Anaboliset Aineet" 7 hotline.
In coming weeks, those programs will move from the center's location at 1244 N. 15th St. to MHA's community building at 914 South St. MHA will become the lead agency, assuming the center's programs, two staff members and volunteers.
"There are going to be some changes internally, but really, no changes to the mission of the crisis center," said Barry Loftus, president of the center's board of directors. "We believe that our mission melds very well with their mission in meeting the Winstrol Tablets Price mental health needs of the community."
The legal merger will take place as soon as the required documents are finalized, which Loftus said likely will be next month.
"We feel these two agencies together will reach more people in the area," said Linda Rohrman, chairwoman of MHA's board of trustees. "More people will be able to contact us and get the help and the services they need."
After the merger, four of the crisis center's eight board members will join MHA's board of trustees. The other four will serve on a newly established mental health advisory council.
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MHA will assume the crisis center's assets. According to its most recent IRS Form 990 tax form, in 2011 those were worth more than $233,000.
Both organizations are United Way partner agencies. James Taylor, CEO of Buy Cialis Switzerland United Way of Greater Lafayette, said his organization is fully supportive of the merger.
United Way has pledged an additional $85,000 each Winstrol A Nerki year for the next three years to MHA to support the merger. That's a slight decrease from the current funding level the crisis center receives from United Way, Taylor said, due to anticipated cost savings from the merger.
"What I think we're acknowledging today is the opportunity to take two organizations and make a stronger platform for our community around these issues," Taylor said. "I'm very excited, our board is very excited, to be part of making this happen."
In April, Jane Billig Generisk Cialis McCann, executive director of the crisis center, announced her intent to retire at the end of this month. Loftus said McCann's "Anabolika Definition" departure had no bearing on the decision to merge.
Instead, he said, the merger was prompted by a decision by the board to no longer offer the center's 211 information and referral services. Those services now will be offered out of Indianapolis. Loftus said the decision to transfer the 211 service was made due to expected changes at the federal level.
Flora said MHA is pursuing grant funding for a renovation to create additional offices and a call center.
Rohrman said the merger will bring more awareness to mental health services. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.
"We all know it's a severe need in this county and in this community, and if we can avoid losing another life or another tragedy, that's what we all will do," Rohrman said.
Flora said the merger will have no effect on the MHA board's decision to close the agency's daytime homeless shelter. MHA announced in May that the shelter would close next year due to decreased funding.
All of the additional United Way funding MHA will receive in the wake of the merger, Flora said, will be devoted to operating the crisis center, meaning the shelter is still on track to close by June 30, 2015.
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