History of Hamilton Center...

In the late 1950s, Katherine Hamilton was a citizen of Vigo County and dedicated volunteer with the Vigo County and State Mental Health Associations devoted her life to person's with mental health problems. She was unhappy with the treatment that her sister received from the mental health system, and fought for years to improve the quality of care for people suffering from mental illnesses. Her efforts contributed to many initiatives, including Union Hospital's establishment of three secured rooms for people waiting commitment procedures, the opening of the Vigo County Adult and Child Guidance Clinic, the growth of the Vigo County Mental Health Association, and many more programs aimed at improving the lives of those in need of mental health services.

After a tremendous amount of work organizationally and securing the needed funding, Katherine Hamilton Mental Health Center was incorporated as a private, not-for-profit corporation. A Center Director was appointed in 1969, and Hamilton Center was opened in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1971.

Since 1971, Hamilton Center, Inc. has grown to become a regional behavioral health system in central and west central Indiana. The corporate office has remained in Terre Haute, Indiana, with satellite offices located in nine other counties. Hamilton Center, Inc. now employs over 600 employees and serves approximately 10,000 consumers annually (half of which are children). The full continuum of mental health services is now provided including prenatal programs, services for infants, toddlers, adults and families.

In 1961, Katherine Hamilton died. Although she did not see Hamilton Center become a reality, her efforts on behalf of those in need, contributed greatly to the availability of quality mental health services in the State of Indiana.

Hamilton Center is involved with the Business Leadership Network of the Wabash Valley.