Eight months after four regional nonprofits announced a merger into the biggest provider of behavioral health services in greater Tampa Bay, a reworked version of the deal has come together.
The revamped Gracepoint Management Inc. will include Mental Health Care Inc. (Hillsborough and Pasco counties), Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services Inc. (Pinellas County), and Agency for Community Treatment Services Inc. (Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Hardee, Highlands and Broward counties).
The boards of all three groups have approved the deal. One original member of the coalition from last August, Tri-County Human Services Inc., is no longer participating.
Under the new setup, the three agencies will control their own budgets and keep separate boards, but they will combine management under Gracepoint and unite when bidding for government services.
"It was important for each agency to have some local identity and some local autonomy to keep relationships. But we also needed economy of scale," said Joseph Rutherford, Mental Health Care's chief executive officer.
The union was initially triggered by a mandate from the Florida Department of Children and Families that gave preference to providers that could offer a broad spectrum of services.