Non Profits merge for greater community impact

GCB will provide comprehensive services in Hamilton, Clermont Counties and Northern Kentucky

CINCINNATI: The Boards of Directors for Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCB), LifePoint Solutions and Clermont Recovery Center (CRC) have voted unanimously to merge agencies. Under the agreement, the new organization will be called Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. The merger positions GCB to provide regional, high-impact services in the areas of mental health, family supports, case management and substance abuse, realizing savings and creating new efficiencies.

A steering team has been formed to direct the integration process, which began July 1 and will take place over the next year.

Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services CEO Jeff O’Neil, who is leading the merged entity, said, “The structure will allow for flexibility in continuing and branding programs while fully integrating operations within one organization.” GCB will now have approximately 500 employees and expected revenue of 33 million dollars.

“This is a major gain for our region,” said O’Neil. “GCB is an award-winning community mental health provider joining forces with two strong agencies. The history and expertise represented here is unprecedented. Together we are bringing a continuum of services to a much larger population, giving us the ability to reach many more people in need.”

GCB will now offer comprehensive outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse services, primary health care, case management, employment and other recovery supports, counseling, school-based mental health, early childhood and family support services in Hamilton and Clermont Counties and in Northern Kentucky.

Clermont Recovery Center CEO Steve Goldsberry said, “As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, it only makes sense for us to partner with other successful entities to bring the best possible service to our clients.” Goldsberry will lead Addiction Services at GCB. LifePoint Solutions CEO Arlene Herman retired in May, 2014.