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  9:40 a.m. December 23, 2013
Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee and Helen Ross McNabb Center merging

KNOXVILLE — Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee (SACET) and the Helen Ross McNabb Center will be merging on Jan. 1, 2014.

SACET was founded in 1973 as the Knoxville Rape Crisis Center and remains one of two comprehensive, community sexual assault agencies in the state of Tennessee; serving 15 counties. The mission of the SACET is to provide excellent and compassionate services for victims and survivors of sexual assault and to empower communities through education and social change. SACET has four program areas, which include forensic nursing, advocacy, therapy and prevention education.

"The Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee has a proud history serving and partnering with the East Tennessee community and is excited to bolster its quality services under the strong leadership of the Helen Ross McNabb Center,” says Nathan Goodner, Board President for SACET. This merger will provide long-term sustainability for the mission of the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, consolidate costs for the community, and will help streamline services and partnerships in East Tennessee."

The Helen Ross McNabb Center provides crisis services for individuals experiencing domestic violence, substance abuse and/or psychiatric crises, and also provides emergency shelter for individuals in crisis situations. “Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee’s services align well with the Helen Ross McNabb Center’s current crisis continuum of care,” says Leann Human-Hilliard, HRMC Vice President of Clinical Services. “Merging operations will enhance crisis services in our community and strengthen our response to individuals who have been sexually assaulted and affected by trauma.”

SACET will be recognized as a service of the Helen Ross McNabb Center. The ultimate goal of the merger is to increase and strengthen services for individuals and families during crisis situations and to seamlessly connect those individuals to quality support and after care services.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center is a premier not‐for‐profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided quality and compassionate care to children, adults and families experiencing mental illness, addiction and social challenges. As the Center begins its 65th year of providing services to communities in East Tennessee, its mission remains clear and simple; “Improving the lives of the people we serve.” For more information, visit or call 865‐637‐9711.

Source: Helen Ross McNabb Center

Published December 23, 2013

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