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Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services & Christian Counseling Center Sign Letter Of Intent

Officials from the Christian Counseling Center and Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services have signed a letter of intent to consolidate operations.

The non-binding letter confirms that the two organizations will develop a definitive agreement in the upcoming months before the integration can become official. The letter of intent has the full support of both boards of directors.

“We are blessed to have the opportunity to join an organization like Pine Rest, which has a very similar mission and values. Joining Pine Rest at this time in our history provides the operational and financial resources required to serve our patients, particularly in the current rapidly changing regulatory environment,” says Rick A. Smith, Christian Counseling Center Executive Director.

The Christian Counseling Center would continue providing the same quality behavioral health care to the community while operating as one of Pine Rest’s outpatient clinics. The center has 25 clinicians and five support staff. It is located at 1870 Leonard St., NE.

The Pine Rest outpatient clinic network has 16 locations throughout Michigan and two in Iowa. In the past fiscal year, the 267 Pine Rest clinicians provided 276,000 client visits.

“We are excited to be talking with the Christian Counseling Center about how we can better serve the community together. We believe that each organization has much to offer the other,” says Mark Eastburg, Pine Rest President & CEO. “We believe that by coming together we can better steward the resources that we have available to us.”

Both organizations share a long history of providing mental health services to the community. The ministry of the Christian Counseling Center was founded in 1941; Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services began in 1910. Together they have been serving our community for 175 years.

About Pine Rest

Pine Rest is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 16 outpatient locations throughout Michigan and two in Iowa. Pine Rest achieved a historic milestone in June 2010 when the organization marked 100 years of service.

About Christian Counseling Center

Christian Counseling Center began in 1941 in downtown Grand Rapids in the early years of World War II. It was designed from its inception as an interdenominational, Christian relief and counseling service. It provides outpatient-based mental health services especially for those with limited resources. Additionally, the Christian Counseling Center provides staffing and consultation services to local area ministries with a program called Project Hope.