Grant Blackford Mental Health + Family Service Society
A new strategic partnership, new leadership, and a big step forward for mental healthcare in Grant and Blackford counties.
Grant Blackford Mental Health, Inc. and Family Service Society, Inc. Announce Merger
April 01, 2022
Marion, Ind. – Grant Blackford Mental Health, Inc. (GBMH) and Family Service Society, Inc. (FSSI) today announced the organizations have merged effective March 31, 2022.
This official merger follows an earlier announcement in January 2022 that stated FSSI would become a subsidiary of GBMH. The new terms of the merger will see FSSI become a division of GBMH instead.
“We are thrilled to fully unite both organizations,” said Lisa Dominisse, President/CEO, Grant Blackford Mental Health, Inc. “Over the last few months it has become abundantly clear that taking additional steps to officially merge the two entities beyond a subsidiary agreement was the best path forward to support our staff, clients and the greater community.”
GBMH and FSSI have worked with an independent consultant for more than a year to assess each organization’s operations and to identify potential partnership opportunities. The process confirmed that a formal merger would strongly benefit employees and clients of both organizations as well as the communities they serve.
At this time, GBMH and FSSI will continue to operate out of their current locations.
Grant Blackford Mental Health, Inc. and Family Service Society Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership
January 21, 2022
Marion, Ind. – Grant Blackford Mental Health, Inc. (GBMH) and Family Service Society, Inc. (FSSI) today announced the organizations are joining in a strategic partnership. Additionally, the GBMH board of directors is pleased to name Lisa Dominisse chief executive officer of the organization effective January 24. Lisa replaces Dr. Marianne DiMatteo who is pursuing a new opportunity outside of Indiana.
”This is an exciting announcement not only for Grant Blackford and Family Service Society, but also for the communities both organizations serve,” said Ruth Ann Masiongale, GBMH board president. “We are excited about the additional impact this partnership and Lisa’s leadership can have to provide the best possible services to the most vulnerable people in our counties.”
Lisa comes to GBMH after serving as FSSI president and CEO since 2015. During this time Lisa has led a number of remarkable initiatives to grow the organization and create a lasting impact on the community, including expanding FSSI’s reach from 14 to 32 counties, strengthening organizational support by increasing fundraising significantly and consistently maintaining a high level of client satisfaction above 90 percent.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for both organizations to do what we do best, and I am thrilled to be part of the team that will be leading this effort,” Dominisse said.
GBMH and FSSI have been closely working with an independent consultant over the past 12 months to assess each organization’s operations and to identify potential partnership opportunities. The process confirmed that a strategic partnership would strongly benefit employees and clients of both organizations as well as the communities they serve.
“This partnership is the result of a lot of hard work by very talented, passionate and committed leaders from both organizations,” DiMatteo said. “Those leaders have been able to take a long-term view of the current – and future – needs of our communities to position this new organization to best serve those behavioral health needs and be even more of a community leader and advocate for those who are most vulnerable and most desperately need support.”
With this partnership, FSSI will become a GBMH subsidiary. This will allow both organizations to join forces while maintaining distinct identities. The partnership will reduce the organizations’ overhead while maximizing their ability to serve the community.
“For more than 100 years Family Service Society, Inc. has been instrumental in supporting the mental and emotional health of families in north and central Indiana. During her tenure Lisa has been a transformational leader at FSSI. With our full support, she is now embarking on a new journey to not only take the helm of GBMH, but also spearhead this promising new partnership between our organizations that preserves the unique qualities and mission of each organization,” said Cindy Fortney, past chairperson of FSSI.
The FSSI board of directors, by unanimous vote, selected Susan Miller to be senior director of FSSI operations. Miller was previously FSSI’s Chief Programs Officer and has been with the organization for more than 12 years. In this new role, Miller will report directly to both the FSSI board and Lisa.
Lisa Dominisse, CEO
Before accepting her new role, Lisa Dominisse filled the position of President/CEO at FSSI in January 2015. Prior to working for FSSI, Lisa was the Director of Development Services for the City of Marion. Lisa has also served on the Board of Directors for Family Service Society, Inc.
Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, Lisa worked as a political appointment for former Nebraska Governor Mike Johanns, as well as in economic development in North Platte. She has served as a hospital human resources executive and has owned her own consulting and performance coaching business.
Lisa’s undergraduate degree is in journalism with a major in advertising and minors in music, biology and political science from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, and received a Master of Business Administration in 2006 from Bellevue University.
FSSI and GBMH will continue to provide all current community services. This partnership will allow FSSI and GBMH to preserve each organization’s unique mission while leveraging the strengths of both.
This partnership will allow our organizations to join forces to share top leadership. This will reduce overhead for both FSSI and GBMH while maximizing our ability to serve the community.
No. This partnership is being formed because FSSI and GBMH have identified compatibilities in their operations, management and programming structures, particularly at the top leadership level, that, when combined, will further elevate opportunities for care in the community.
While location and timing may change, the same or similar programs and services will remain available between the two organizations.
Between FSSI and GBMH we will continue to serve 32 counties throughout north and central Indiana.
This partnership is being formed to boost revenue, leverage talent and reduce top level leadership redundancy for both organizations. FSSI and GBMH each have unique strengths and compatible missions within the community. This partnership will leverage those strengths to provide even more comprehensive client care.
If the situation is life-threatening, call 9-1-1. For a mental health crisis, all the 24/7 GBMH crisis line at 800-755–3469. If you have a domestic violence emergency, call 765-664-0701.
Yes, we will make every effort to ensure you can continue to work with your current therapist/case manager. If your therapist/case manager is no longer available, we will contact you immediately to discuss options to continue your care and assist with the transition.
At this time current meeting locations are not changing. Any future adjustments will be communicated to you immediately.
Under the new agreement, donations to each organization will continue to be restricted solely for the designated organization’s services and programming.
Yes, community support for FSSI will continue to be critical to the success of each organization.
Hands of Hope and the Flannery Keal Center will continue current operations to provide vital services to survivors and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.