Two of Hamilton County’s Largest Mental Health Agencies Will Merge

CRI and QC/M, Inc., two of Hamilton County’s largest mental health agencies, announced plans to merge. When complete in July, 2004, the new combined agency will be the most comprehensive mental health agency in the area, with more than 300 staff serving more than 3,500 adults with severe mental illness every day.

"Our agencies serve the same population with a similar mission, vision and philosophy," said Mary Campbell, executive director of QC/M. "This merger will allow us to offer more choices and programs for our clients, giving them more opportunities to succeed."

Founded in 1971, CRI is Hamilton County’s largest vocational provider for people with mental illness. Many of CRI’s residential programs have served as models for other providers around the country. In 1981, through a grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health, CRI pioneered the largest "psychosocial rehabilitation" program in Hamilton County. The agency is one of the area’s leaders in case management, having the only Deaf Treatment Team. Services are also provided to people who have mental illness and mental retardation, people who have a mental illness and are also substance abusers or people experiencing other barriers to self-sufficiency.

Founded in 1989, as Queen City Case Management, QC/M broke new ground in the treatment of people with severe mental illness. The first single-service mental health agency in Hamilton County to provide comprehensive case management to this population, QC/M started with 15 consumers in April of 1989. In. 1991, Queen City merged with The Mitchell Center and QC/M was established. Today both the number of consumers served and the range of services offered through QC/M have blossomed. Currently, some 1,500 consumers receive some 70,000 case management services per year at QC/M.

"We have always had a positive relationship with QC/M. Blending our programs with theirs into one cohesive organization will allow us to be even more responsive to our clients’ needs," said CRI CEO Tony Dattilo.

During the transition, both agencies will continue operating independently. Upon completion, Mr. Dattilo will become CEO of the expanded agency that will include over 300 staff at 16 locations and an estimated budget of $16 million. It will provide housing and residential support services, vocational and day programs, case management and psychiatric services.

Patrick Tribbe, President/CEO of the Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board, commends the merger. "One of our goals as a system is to find better ways to do business. Providing more choices for clients and reducing administrative costs are positive steps in that direction."