A Values-Driven Organization


A values-driven organization identifies its values through a process of self-examination.  This involves identifying the organizational purpose, the needs of the customer, assessing all strengths, deficits, and opportunities, as well as threats to the organization’s mission. It also entails taking an extensive and comprehensive 360 degree look at the entire organization, in other words, a non-compromising organizational soul-searching.

At Crestwood Behavioral Health, Inc. this self-examination involves a view of our organization, our communities, and our purpose which stems from four different perspectives.


The first view we examine is from the perspective of the organizational leadership which consists of our Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, executive leadership, program administrators and campus leadership.  Next we include our front line staff, mid-management staff and program supervisory staff.  This provides perspectives from all viewpoints in Crestwood.

The next vantage point that is vital to gaining the company’s full perspective is the client and family support system stakeholder group. This involves creating a safe space for our clients and their family voices to be heard.  The client and family are the primary voices to be listened to and it may take time, support and compassion to enable this perspective to be fully shared. At Crestwood we see this as the responsibility of the organizational leadership. One way we do this is to employ people with lived experience and have family members at the executive, management and front-line staff level job positions.

The next perspective that we include is from our county partners, customers, and the communities we provide services to. This perspective enables us to understand the needs of the community and provides the opportunity to develop and enhance meaningful relationships with our partners so we can better understand and anticipate the needs of the communities we work with.

Crestwood has developed its mission and values from gathering all of these different perspectives. Crestwood’s mission is to create a partnership with clients, employees, families, business associates and the community in caring for individuals of all ages affected by mental health issues. Together, we invest our energy to enhance the quality of life, social integration, community support and empowerment of mental health clients.  Crestwood promotes wellness and recovery by providing quality and cost-effective programs in a socially responsible manner, and works with families and communities to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.

The values that were developed from this framework are simple and come from the heart. Crestwood’s values are family, compassion, enthusiasm, flexibility, character and commitment. It is through these values that Crestwood views all aspects of our operations. These values reflect the strength and vulnerability of Crestwood, with a focus on trauma-informed approaches with love and gratitude for the people and communities we serve and the staff and partners we work with.

Crestwood views all decisions, strategies, goals and objectives, and benchmarks for success based on these values.  Our organization is driven to achieve objectives and goals relying on the courage and strength to maintain the highest level of integrity, while honoring these shared values.

Having this values-driven perspective has allowed us to grow as partners in services with other community-based organizations such as Recovery Innovations, Turning Point and Dreamcatchers Empowerment Network. The understanding and recognition that our county and community partners provide the foundation for our services, enables Crestwood to develop community specific services, with the values of the community intertwined with Crestwood’s values.

The opening of our MHRC programs in San Diego and Chula Vista are an excellent example of involving all of these perspectives.  Crestwood worked very closely with the county and community leaders to identify the needs.  The community-based providers and hospitals helped Crestwood to find the right locations for the programs. The recruitment of employees was focused on hiring people with lived experience and allowing them to provide a strong client voice, as well having family members involved at all levels of service. We worked to include the voices of Crestwood San Diego’s and Crestwood Chula Vista’s leadership teams so that they could participate in all elements of program development, making it strong and reflecting all of Crestwood’s mission and values.

By being a values-driven organization and continuing to take a full 360 degree look at ourselves and our services, Crestwood will continue to grow and provide the best care possible for our clients and the communities we serve.

Contributed by: Patty Blum, PhD, Crestwood Vice President

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The Power of Change


We experience many changes in life. Change can often be frightening, daunting and it can cause anxiety and resistance.  There are seasonal changes, economic changes and personal changes for each of us. The definition of change includes the act or process of making or becoming different and to undergo transformation. What we do know about change is that it is inevitable. Change is the only constant in life, it is the one thing we can count on, and it can be an incredible opportunity for growth.

Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. has change as one of our primary goals in providing mental health recovery services. In the world of mental health recovery, change is the goal as a person moves through the recovery process.  Change allows a person to learn new behaviors, to let go of characteristics that are no longer needed and to replace them with more beneficial ones. It can be as simple as learning to take a bus or as dramatic as letting go of fear and replacing it with trust.  It can be learning to let go of regret and replacing it with gratitude and learning to let go of selfishness and replacing it with kindness and love. It is through change that people learn to live independent lives and to support each other and themselves.

So as we face change, remember that it is an opportunity to stand and take that next step forward and it is in this movement that we will continue to grow and thrive.

Contributed by: Patty Blum, PhD
Crestwood Vice President

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A Compass for Growth


Crestwood’s Values Providing a Compass for Growth

At Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc., we are excited about new opportunities.  So as Crestwood continues to grow, we always use our corporate values as the lens for every decision and change in direction. Our values are our compass to move forward as an organization and are revisited frequently throughout the year and always when we are faced with new opportunities, threats or decisions. Our values are simple: Commitment, Enthusiasm, Flexibility,  Integrity, Family, and Compassion. Each of these values holds its own set of principles and beliefs that act as a guiding force to us as a company internally, as well as externally in our relationships with stakeholders and partners.

Commitment is the glue that holds our organization together. It is the promise to follow through and to stay uncompromising to our vows and obligations.  Commitment is what binds us together as a work force; it is the motivation to get up and be on time for work because you don’t want to let your coworkers or clients down. It is the pledge to provide recovery-based, socially-responsible services for our clients.

Enthusiasm is exemplified in our tenure of excited and motivated employees. The average length of employment for Crestwood is seven years. Crestwood employees have  a strong pride in themselves and a natural enthusiasm for the work they do.  It is often seen in our facilities that staff members with 20 years of tenure are still as excited about what they do as our newest employees.

Flexibility is the hallmark of Crestwood. We continuously adjust and reinvent service models to utilize the most current research, evidenced-based practices and to meet the ever evolving needs of our communities. Flexibility allows us to provide our clients with the most appropriate programs and services. We understand – and strive to meet – the range and variety of mental health needs of our clients, their families and their communities. We provide innovative and effective programs and services that enhance our clients’ wellness and promote their recovery.

Integrity/Ethics is the cornerstone for all we do. Ethics is defined as morals, beliefs, and principles that are a system or defense for right and wrong conduct.  It seems simple, yet as we often read in news articles, hear at industry meetings, or observe in our own communities, it is often not so simple. Crestwood as an organization holds ethics as a core value.  In all of our partnerships, integrity, trust, respect and dependability are all non-negotiable. We hold corporate responsibility at the highest level of commitment. Through our continuous quality improvement and our performance improvement process, we analyze and recommit to providing the most ethical and efficient services to all of our stakeholders.

Family is the foundation that Crestwood was built on. We have a rich background of being founded by a family who are committed to the operations. Our partnerships with clients, their families, our staff, the community, business associates and volunteers all comprise the Crestwood family. We focus on family involvement and education and make every attempt, where appropriate, to bring in families as a part of client care.

Compassion at Crestwood is demonstrated with warmth, kindness and caring in everything we do for our clients and staff. We seek compassionate employees in the recruitment process and we nurture compassion in the training, supervision and general operations.  We honor the preservation of each client’s self-respect and dignity.

At Crestwood we live these values and use them as the barometer for our success and view all of our corporate decisions through this lens. And with our values, Crestwood is excited to take on the challenges and opportunities that this new period in behavioral healthcare brings.

Contributed by: Patty Blum, PhD, Crestwood Vice President