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“A High Level of Care”

A high level of care for the community.

A high level of care for the community.

At Porter-Starke Services, we believe that a compassionate and caring group of professional therapists and counselors are the ultimate indicator of our ability to serve our community. Occasionally, the dedication of our employees is recognized by others in our region, state, and nation. This recognition is not why we do what we do; but helps to illustrate the lengths we will go to deliver the highest quality of care to our clients.

Three Year Accreditation
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

A CARF* Three-Year Accreditation was awarded to Porter-Starke Services in 2014 for the following programs and services:

Behavioral Health Program

  • Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Case Management/Services Coordination: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
  • Community Housing: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Day Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Inpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Integrated Behavioral Health Primary Care: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Children and Adolescents)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Adults)
  • Outpatient Treatment: Mental Health (Children and Adolescents)
  • Community Employment Services: Employment Supports
  • Employment Services: Community Employment Services: Job Development


Opioid Treatment Program

  • Outpatient Treatment: Opioid Treatment Program (Adults)

We also received an Exemplary Conformance to Standards for The Inspiration Project.

* Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) promotes the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services. CARF believes that all people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, that all people should have access to needed services that achieve optimum outcomes, and that all people should be empowered to exercise informed choice. Visit www.carf.org to learn more.

Best Practice Honors
American Psychological Association

Awarded annually in Washington, DC, by the American Psychological Association, Porter-Starke Services was one of three organizations nationwide to receive Best Practices recognition, specifically for its work to forward their vision of inspiring people to advance the health, balance and hope of the community, through The Inspiration Project. The project, based on the This I Believe writing model, invites people to share a story from their own life that illustrates their core values or beliefs.

Porter-Starke introduced This I Believe to employees and other organizations and sponsored writing workshops for all who were interested, a process which has increased employee involvement and teamwork. As a previous winner of the Indiana Psychological Association?s state-level ?Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award,? Porter-Starke Services was qualified to be nominated for APA?s national Best Practice Honors.

Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award
Indiana Psychological Assoication

This state-level award recognizes employers that promote employee involvement, work-life balance, employee growth and development, health and safety and employee recognition. According to the Indiana Psychological Association, the local division of the American Psychological Association, Porter-Starke Services was recognized for its comprehensive and innovative approach to employee engagement and health through the companys policies and procedures, which included the establishment of a Wellness@Work rewards program, development of a Leadership Academy with Purdue University North Central, establishment of Fitness Fridays, provision of various health screenings, implementation of Breakfast with Leadership, The Inspiration Project, and hosting the annual Valparaiso Turkey Trot.

As the sole recipient in the State of Indiana in 2013, Porter-Starke Services will also be nominated at the national level for each of the next three years.


Outstanding Nonprofit Organization Award
Porter County Community Foundation

Awarded annually by the Porter County Community Foundation, this award recognized Porter-Starke Services and Housing Opportunities for their collaboration addressing homelessness in our community. Both organizations played important roles in the reopening of Spring Valley Shelter, a needed housing resource in Valparaiso, IN.

Special Project Exemplary Award
Indiana Primary Healthcare Association

Porter-Starke Services and HealthLinc were honored for their local leadership in healthcare integration, utilizing a behavioral specialist at healthcare visits. The award was received for expanding primary healthcare services at Porter-Starke Services, a process that has shown positive preliminary effects on the medical indicators, emotional well-being and lifestyle of our clients.

Community Improvement Award
Portage Chamber of Commerce

Porter-Starke Services received this award for the recent construction of an 8,000 square foot facility and a 3,000 square foot expansion. The new location was selected for its relatively central location in Portage, its proximity to other medical facilities and the increased level of confidentiality it would offer to our clients.

Special Project Exemplary Award
Indiana Primary Healthcare Association

Porter-Starke Services and HealthLinc received this award for their expansion of behavioral healthcare services in the HealthLinc clinics. The reward recognized the placement of a behavioral specialist at the HealthLinc offices to provide brief therapy to individuals suffering from depression and anxiety and helping manage behavioral changes needed to improve their level of health.

Indiana Excellence Award Finalist

Porter-Starke Services was a finalist for the 2007 Indiana Excellence Award. The recognition was sparked by the initiation of our partnership with HealthLinc (formerly Hilltop Community Health Center). Porter-Starke Services and HealthLinc had increased staff time, financial commitment and offered a broader range of services at both organizations' locations.

Outstanding Agency Award
Porter County Community Foundation

Porter-Starke Services and the Caring Place were honored with a joint award for their collaborative partnership of the domestic violence services of the Caring Place and Porter-Starke's Women's Recovery Home, a residential facility for chemically dependent women in recovery. The award is given each year to an organization that develops innovative and effective programs designed to enhance the long-term sustainability of the organization.