Pathways History

Pathways of Tennessee is the result of the 1995 merger of West Tennessee Behavioral Center and Northwest Counseling Center. Pathways of Tennessee serves the counties of Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Hardeman, Haywood, Henderson, Lake, Madison, Obion, and Weakley. Pathways administrative offices are located in Jackson, Tennessee.

West Tennessee Behavioral Center began as the Jackson Mental Health Center which was founded in 1957 by the Jackson Mental Health Association as one of the "first of its kind in Tennessee." On October 28, 1966 the City of Jackson and MadisonCounty passed a resolution to build a mental health center on the grounds of Jackson Madison County General Hospital.

On August 30, 1968 Dr. Nat T. Winston, Tennessee Commissioner of Mental Health, announced the upcoming opening of the center in Jackson, Tennessee.
The Jackson Mental Health Center became Jackson Counseling Center and, finally, West Tennessee Behavioral Center. The Center expanded to serve Haywood and Henderson counties.

Northwest Counseling Center originated from a charter granted on April 3, 1965 to the Obion Chapter of the Tennessee Division of the National Association of Mental Health. Weakley and Dyer counties were the first counties to commit to the community mental health center concept. Lake and Crockett counties later joined that commitment and Northwest Tennessee Community Mental Health Center, Inc., to form a private non-profit organization.

Pathways has since opened offices in Gibson County and at the Kirkland Cancer Center in Jackson becoming the largest community mental health center in West Tennessee and one of the five largest centers in the state.

West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency or sex, including discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping or pregnancy in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by WTH directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which WTH arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

For further information about this policy, contact Amy Garner (731) 541-9914.