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Glenwood, Inc.

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Glenwood, Inc.
150 Glenwood Lane
Birmingham, AL 35242
Phone: 205.969.2880
Fax: 205. 967.1323

Mission, Vision, Philosophy, Values

Glenwood provides treatment and education services in a least restrictive setting, through a continuum of care, with the highest respect for individuals and families served. Glenwood leads the state in providing behavioral health care and educational services that are responsive and complimentary to a continuum of care for persons with unique mental health disorders. Glenwood supports mental health and educational professionals and promotes research in these specialized areas.

Glenwood seeks to become a nationally recognized provider of premier educational and therapeutic services for individuals with mental health needs. Through state-of-the-art training for staff, collaboration with nationally renowned clinicians, and linkages with academic health centers for clinical care and research, Glenwood assures the highest quality services to consumers and families in the state and region.

While symptoms may be subject to classification, people are not. At Glenwood, each person is evaluated and treated as an individual. Not only are services and treatment settings prescribed according to individual needs, but also professional staff creatively tailor programs to enhance each person’s opportunities for success. Glenwood believes each person has the potential to improve and strive to maximize that potential in the least restrictive setting possible. Equally important, Glenwood serves the families of each individual. Glenwood encourages parental involvement to strengthen the efforts of the support team. The staff at Glenwood respect the dignity of the individual and recognizes the individual as part of the family unit.

The treatment, education, and welfare of each individual are important and should be based on best-practice concepts. Glenwood is committed to research and is a member of a scientific research community affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham that includes physicians, scientists, clinicians, Glenwood staff, and Glenwood Board members. A research committee was developed in 1987 and is dedicated to cutting edge research to improve treatment modalities for individuals with autism and mental illness.

- Respect for the human dignity and individuality of each person served.

- Cooperation with community providers and referring agencies in assuring a continuum of quality care, which is both responsive and complementary to existing community services.

- Commitment to providing needed services in the least restrictive setting.

- Support for professionals throughout the state who care for individuals with special/unique mental health needs.

- Advocacy for people with needs for specialized training and care.

Glenwood History and Founders
Glenwood began in 1973 as a private, nonprofit organization. From the beginning, its mission was clear: form an agency devoted to providing treatment, education, and research in the area of children’s mental health.

A small group of community leaders including: Vera Bruhn, Cecil Bauer, Judge Ross Bell, Barbara Camp, Lucius Colvin, Jack Cress, Charlotte Dollar, Tricia Echols, Dr. Robert Estock, Dean Gambrell, Jim Gewin, Ethel Gorman, Dr. Ann Harper, Myron Harper, Bill Hinds, Fay Ireland, Mallie and Glenn Ireland, Paula Kimerling, Marti Kitchens, Dr. Patrick Linton, Dr. Andrew Lorincz, Shirley and Charles Seay, Joe Shaw, Dr. Alan Sheeley, Nancy Smith, Dr. Joe Smythies, Doris Tate, Rev. Martin Tilson, and Dr. Herman Willcutt founded the organization as Child Mental Health Services.

This was during a time prior to Public Law 94-142 (Education of All Handicapped Children Act), which entitled all children to a free, appropriate public education. This group of community leaders was aware of the special needs of children who could not easily be served in existing programs and who were often excluded from services. Their mission was to respond to that need. Their vision was to develop “a special place for special people.”

With an eye toward combining treatment and educational services for severely emotionally disturbed children who were often excluded from other programs, a pilot program named for the pioneering clinician, Dr. Allan Cott, first opened its doors in 1974 as a school using space donated by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Eighteen students diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and severe emotional disorders were enrolled. The foundation of what was to become Glenwood had been laid.

Almost immediately the demand for services soared. Between 1974 and 1983, new and innovative programs were developed to serve the growing client base including residential treatment for children and adults. Several facilities were rented to operate these programs. It quickly became apparent that more room was required if Glenwood was to continue to respond to the highly specialized needs of the children and adults. In recognition of this unaddressed need and with community support, over $13 million was raised to build Glenwood’s permanent home. The Glenwood campus, located on 363 acres of land in southeast Jefferson County, was constructed in phases beginning in 1983 and its facilities continue to expand in order to better accommodate and anticipate programmatic efforts that best serve the children and adults for whom its programs are intended.

From a single staff member in 1974 to a full compliment of 270 staff persons today, Glenwood’s team of respected clinicians, medical and educational teams, direct care staff, administration and support personnel continues to lend the professionalism and compassion that has distinguished Glenwood above other autism and behavioral-based care agencies. With its current ability to provide 2,000 individuals with care in a wide variety of settings including home and school based services, campus based programs, and services offered in communities and neighborhoods statewide, Glenwood’s leadership in autism and behavioral health programming will continue providing and advocating for excellence in client care.

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