Village Network Merger Bringing Expanded Mental Health Services

A new alliance in the fight to cope with behavioral and mental health problems promises increased opportunities for Ohio Valley residents in need.

Officials with mental health agency The Village Network announced Tuesday they acquired North Point Consulting and Behavioral Health Services and the New Horizon Youth Center near Bethesda.

“We feel we can do really great things for the community,” Village Network President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Graziano said Tuesday during a press conference attended by agency representatives and community leaders.

For 14 years North Point served the Ohio Valley, providing a comprehensive outpatient system working with the community to help people improve the quality of their lives and reduce the effects of mental illness, addiction and trauma. The Village Network, meanwhile, has served generations of at-risk boys and girls since 1946 by including residential and outpatient treatment, treatment foster care, respite care and alternative school programs.

North Point founder Thomas Perrone will remain in the agency, now serving as regional director for Village Network. He said the acquisition brings more opportunities to serve the community through increased resources and a more comprehensive level of care.