There’s a huge disparity between community mental health centers and private practices. Providers are typically forced to choose between the higher salary afforded by private practices or choose to work for a mental health center that provides a strong sense of community, rich culture, and solid support system – though it probably isn’t able to pay as much.
CARE Counseling opened in January 2014 and Dr. Hutchinson started seeing clients that September. In the months leading up to the clinic’s opening, the couple worked several full-time jobs to cover the cost of opening a practice and in all of their nights and weekends, they worked on renovating a beautiful Victorian home that became their first clinic location.
The team quickly grew to 10 clinicians and Andrea & John identified the organization needed to double down by switching from a contractor-based model to an employment model and reinvesting every dollar they made back into the clinicians. Since then, the practice’s growth has been astronomical. They currently have over 84 team members scheduling over 1,500 clients weekly.
“They were early in their lifecycle with their business when they came to us, still trying to figure a few things out,” said Oklobzija. “They’re an awesome team. I got the feeling that they knew what they were doing and trusted that they would figure it out, and they did.”
As part of their strategy, CARE hasn’t taken out many loans for their business. After switching to an employer model with rolling hiring (which helps them hit 70% growth year after year), CARE has been stable and supported their own growth from a cash flow perspective.
CARE Counseling is excited for their future in Minnesota and maintaining a presence in the communities they serve.