Helen Ross McNabb is continuing exponential growth with mergers and pressing for new programs. The agency is awaiting approval from the state attorney general's office to merge with Child and Family Services of Tennessee.
The non-profit mental health agency has also been seeking approval to merge with Fortwood, a mental health agency in Chattanooga.
Helen Ross McNabb already serves 20 counties in East Tennessee, with offices in 10 cities. Child and Family Services has about 40,000 clients. The agencies contract with the state to provide mental health services.
Helen Ross McNabb is also working with Sheriff Jimmy "JJ" Jones and District Attorney General Randy Nichols to try and establish a center they would administer that would take drug and alcohol abusers out of the over-crowded county jail for treatment.