Meridian has been providing a full array of child and adult mental health and substance abuse services in the westernmost counties of North Carolina since 2003 when the organization was formally established as a private, nonprofit "spin-off' of the newly formed Local Management Entity, Smoky Mountain Center (SMC). Deneka Cain became our CEO in 2016 and continues to serve in that capacity today.
Meridian’s Board of Directors has remained resolute in the desire to maintain Meridian’s nonprofit status and associated values as well as insure that net profits would always be re-invested in services and not “line the pockets” of shareholders. The mission of Meridian is deeply rooted in an ongoing commitment to the public mental health service recipient, particularly those individuals who experience the most complex and severe psychiatric illnesses, who may be at risk of negative outcomes and/or those at risk of "falling through the cracks" of the system. Meridian chose to focus on being a provider of specialized and enhanced services. Over the years, Meridian has become stronger, both financially and in its identity, becoming one of the leading proponents of the Recovery Model in the state and carving out a valuable niche as a provider of innovative, cost-effective, high quality, rural behavioral healthcare.
To create service environments and relationships which instill hope, facilitate choice, foster wellness, promote healing and support individuals on their personal journeys of discovery and recovery.
To be recognized as a “center of excellence” in the delivery of innovative, cost-effective, recovery-oriented and outcome-driven rural behavioral healthcare.