Restoring PRIDE to People Across North Carolina
Mental Health Services Tailored to Individual Needs
Pride in North Carolina (PRIDE) is a private organization established in 1988 to provide services to persons of all ages with mental illness, mental retardation and behavioral disorders.
PRIDE provides a community-based network of services designed to serve an individual’s needs in the least restrictive and most appropriate setting. Services are developed based upon the premise that programs should be as flexible and unrestrictive as the individual’s needs allow. Additionally, these services should change as the needs of the individual changes.
PRIDE services are rooted in the concept of normalization – the belief that all persons, regardless of the nature and extent of disability, should be integrated into their community and enjoy all the residential, recreational, educational, vocational and social benefits the community offers. This approach maximizes continuity with the individual’s own family and community network.
PRIDE is a CARF-Accredited Service Provider and is certified as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA).
Individualized Treatment: One Size Does NOT Fit All
PRIDE understands the importance of individualized treatment programs in reaching individuals who, understandably, do not respond to a “one-size-fits-all” approach.
PRIDE is able to tailor services to provide an effective treatment program for even the most “unique” needs. If there is a need, PRIDE will address it. PRIDE furthermore strives to maintain the dignity and worth of individuals and their families by acknowledging and respecting their needs, providing them with a support system, and working with them as equal partners. PRIDE has satellite offices located in various parts of eastern, western and central North Carolina.
Gary W. Bass, MSW LCSW
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Jason Rutski, BA, QP
Director of Business Operations
Nicole Springer, BS, QP
QAQI Training Director
Courtney Owens, MA, LPC, NCC
Cathy Ladson, MA, LPC-S
Lead Regional Director
Perry Gurganus, MS
Justin Willoughby, BS, QP
Day Treatment Regional Director
Jennifer Witkowski, MA, LPC
Christina Allen, MA, LPC-A
Lead Regional Director
Elizabeth Kampa, MSW, LCSW
Matthew Jennings, MSW, LCSW, CAMS-II
Micky Fulk, MSW, LCSW
Find a Location
Pride in North Carolina has 19 locations across the state. Find the location nearest and most convenient for you.