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, developmental disabilities, 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).

Read our promise as a member of the National Health Service Corps.

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.

Leadership Team

Gary W. Bass, MSW, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
(252) 341-4846

Nicole Springer, BS, QP
QAQI Training Director
(910) 452-1460

Courtney Owens, MA, LPC-S, NCC
Clinical Director
(919) 934-1312

Melissa Hamilton, MS, LCMHC, LCAS
Regional Director

Jason Rutski, BA, QP
Director of Business Operations
(910) 452-1460

Christina Kelley, MA, LCMHC
Lead Regional Director
(252) 265-9200

Perry Gurganus, MS
Regional Director
(252) 331-0322

Kim Hinnant-Morris, BSW
Human Resources Director

Megan Pate, BS
Program Director

Maurice Pressley, BA,
Program Director

Sheldon McNeil, MSW
Regional Director

Micky Fulk, MSW, LCSW
Lead Regional Director
(252) 321-8080

Find a Location

Pride in North Carolina has 11 locations across the state. Find the location nearest and most convenient for you.