The Capital Region gains a substantial new community services organization with the merger of Equinox Inc. and ClearView Center.
The new organization, Equinox, provides the services previously available from each institution delivered under one organizational roof - an important benefit to clients.
"The needs of our clients frequently overlapped, but now our clients will be able to seamlessly access a more comprehensive continuum of services," said Equinox CEO Dorothy Cucinelli, PhD. "Many people who use services traditionally offered by Equinox, such as homeless youth and victims of domestic violence, will benefit from the range of mental health services ClearView brought to the merger."
With a staff of more than 200 dedicated employees, the new Equinox will provide services and support to more than 5,000 people each year at 11 different locations throughout Albany County. The centralized administration will allow clients to easily access comprehensive services.
"Our shared commitment to strengthening at-risk individuals, decades of experience, and years of cooperative work, positioned us for a successful merger," said Dr. Cucinelli. "The merger also better situates the organization to compete for funding - a welcome benefit during these times of shrinking resources. Most importantly, the merger enables us to better serve all of our clients.”
Dr. Cucinelli previously served as Executive Director of ClearView Center. Kathy Tanner, who served as Executive Director of Equinox, assisted with the transition. The new Board of Directors is composed of members from the boards of both organizations.