- To provide cost-effective, consumer-driven continuum of preventative, consultative and direct-treatment behavioral health services;
- To strategically position the Center for long-term financial viability;
- To plan, evaluate, and to seek continuous improvement of the Center’s services through broad-based processes;
- To educate the public and advocate the needs to the mentally ill, emotionally disturbed, and chemically dependent;
- To provide research and training opportunities that fall appropriately within the field of mental health and chemical dependency.
- Quality: Striving and committed to excellence in all we do.
- Stewardship: Responsibly using, preserving and enhancing the Center’s human and material resources as a community not-for-profit organization.
- Collaboration: Communicating and working with others for the benefit of all.
- Compassion: Responding to the feelings and needs of each person with kindness, concern and empathy.
- Integrity: Adhering to strong moral and ethical principles in all we do.
- Respect: Recognizing and valuing the dignity and uniqueness of each person.
On July 1, 2009, Southlake Center for Mental Health and Tri-City Community Mental Health Center consolidated to form Regional Mental Health Center. Tri-City had been providing services to North Township since 1971, and Southlake began treatment for the southern portion of Lake County in 1974.
The two CEOs, Bob Krumwied at Tri-City and Lee Strawhun at Southlake, worked together through the years to provide the community a continuum of mental health and substance abuse services. Upon Lee’s retirement in January of 2008, the Boards of Directors decided that Bob would be CEO of both Agencies. After a year and a half, realizing the vast similarities of Southlake and Tri-City, the Boards spent many hours working to combine the Agencies, so that one behavioral health provider would now serve the bulk of Lake County. Thus, the dream of a Regional Mental Health Center was realized.
The Mental Health Association in Lake County had long advocated for mental health care and was instrumental in organizing an effort to apply for the first community mental health centers. Tri-City opened in East Chicago with an outpatient office in the Pepsi Building on Chicago Avenue and admitting privileges at St. Catherine Hospital. Staff then moved into the old Indiana University Building on Indianapolis Blvd; a new center was built next to that structure in 1980. Southlake began in 1977 with an outpatient office on East 86th in Merrillville.