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NorthKey History Highlights
NorthKey traces its beginnings to 1966 when it was known as the Northern Kentucky Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board and had two employees offering outpatient services in Covington. In the late 1960s, the organization adopted a name used elsewhere in the country: Comprehensive Care Center.
In the late 1970s, Comprehensive Care Center formed a board to manage a psychiatric hospital. The hospital and outpatient organizations were officially joined in 1998. The current name, NorthKey, was adopted in 1999. NorthKey now maintains 17 offices throughout eight counties in Northern Kentucky.
NorthKey History Timeline
Federal Legislation ("the Mental Retardation Facilities and Community Mental Health Centers Act") was enacted. This legislation created a pool of matching fund dollars to allow states to develop community based treatment centers for mental health, substance abuse and mental retardation services
Kentucky's "Pattern for Change" document was submitted to the governor. This document described the long range plan for development of a statewide community mental health system of care. This plan called for the formation of a local volunteer regional board to serve as a "responsible mental health and mental retardation authority of the region in the operation of the regional program."
Articles of Incorporation and by-laws of the Northern Kentucky MH-MR Regional Board were registered with the Secretary of State, the second regional board to be incorporated in the State of Kentucky.
Northern Kentucky MH-MR Regional Board held first meeting. Wilbert Ziegler elected first Chairman of the Board.
First Executive Director, Joseph Emmanuel Willett, was hired. Staff operated from 3-room apartment at 412 E. 4th Street in Covington.
Comprehensive Care Center (the d.b.a. name of the MH-MR Regional Board and NorthKey's name until 1999) was offering Information-Screening-Referral Services, outpatient services, consultation and education, and through affiliates, emergency and inpatient services.
Building bought at 2nd & Greenup. Outpatient and day treatment services initiated.
Building bought at 718 Columbia Street, Newport, to provide services to Campbell County residents.
A traveling clinic composed of a nurse and psychiatrist delivered services twice a month to Carroll and Grant counties.
Day treatment programs in Covington and Grant County
Inpatient services provided by Speers Hospital in Dayton, KY
Droege House opens to provide treatment and shelter for male alcoholics
Friends of Comprehensive Care founded with a focus on reducing the stigma attached to mental illness.
ShortTerm/Long Term Residential established for developmentally disabled adults.
MH-MR Board and Regional offices move to 430 Garrard Street
Forensic Psychiatric Team initiated to provide evaluation and treatment to individuals in the criminal justice system
First Adult Work Habilitation Service started in Boone County.
Work Habilitation Services open in Pendleton and Carroll counties.
Mental Health-Mental Retardation Services tax first proposed to the eight county fiscal courts
Building purchased to house the Carroll County Work Habilitation Services
Children's Outpatient Counseling Unit opened in Covington
Senior services center, named the "Life Center" opened in Covington
Services expanded to Gallatin County.
Inpatient mental health unit established on the 3rd floor of Covington-Kenton County Hospital which previously exclusively served TB patients at 502 Farrell Drive, Covington.
A new treatment center was built in Grant County. The services included an outpatient counseling center and Work Habilitation Services centered around a Greenhouse
Regional Offices moved to 503 Farrell Drive, Covington.
Mental health inpatient services expand to include children and adolescents. Services to TB patients phased out.
Children's Treatment Center, to provide outpatient counseling services, opened in Ft. Thomas
Mental Health-Mental Retardation tax passed in several counties.
Children/adolescent inpatient services expanded. Adult inpatient discontinued.
Covington-Kenton County Hospital changes name to Children's Psychiatric Hospital. Facility renovated and expanded to meet the special needs of children.
Outpatient services receive first JCAHO accreditation.
722 Scott Street offers outpatient services to adult mentally ill, mentally retarded and substance abusers.
Hospital services receive first JCAHO accreditation.
Owen County outpatient services office site established to provide counseling services for all age groups
J. E. Willett Treatment Center opens in Florence providing outpatient for all ages and residential services for developmentally disabled adults.
Day treatment services begun in collaboration with Covington schools and with Boone County schools.
School-based Services Coordinator established and enhanced school-based partnerships developed in many schools throughout the region.
Boards of the MH-MR Regional Board and Children's Psychiatric Hospital merged and retained the name of MH-MR Regional Board.
MH-MR Regional Board changed d.b.a. name to NorthKey Community Care for all outpatient and inpatient services offered under the Board's umbrella
Outpatient Office site purchased in Gallatin County at 203 Main street.
Work Habilitation Services for developmentally disabled adults expand in Pendleton County to include a Greenhouse