Our Mission

The Morton Center provides help and support to individuals and loved ones in breaking the cycle of substance use.

Our Founders

Since 1984, we have been true to the original vision of our co-founders, Jane Morton Norton and John P. Walsh.

Jane Norton

A prominent Louisville businesswoman, civic leader, philanthropist, patron of the arts and artist. In 1948, her family established WAVE-TV, the first television station in Kentucky. She managed and had an active role in the station until her death in 1988 at age 88.

John Walsh

A Louisville native widely known in the field of chemical dependency and counseling. He has developed a nationally recognized recovery model. Mr. Walsh and his family live in Louisville.

We get our name from United States Sen. Thruston B. Morton. His sister, Jane Morton Norton, and counselor John P. Walsh founded The Morton Center in 1984 in Senator Morton’s memory.

He died in 1982, after representing Kentucky in the U.S. House and Senate as well as serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Mrs. Norton wanted to create something unique in Kentucky. Since 1984, her legacy, The Morton Center, recognizes that chemical dependency and other destructive, addictive behaviors tear families apart.

In 1984, we established an Intensive Outpatient Program in partnership with Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Louisville.

Our Intensive Outpatient Program continued to grow along with our other services, and in 2001, The Morton Center moved its statewide headquarters to its current, 14,500-square-foot facility in Louisville.

More Than Treatment

We believe that addiction can’t be separated from the person. So, we treat the whole person, not just their addiction. Our professional staff considers the individual’s social, mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. The Morton Center supports a 12-step model of recovery and uses evidence-based practices to treat individuals, couples and families.

Board Officers


Katrina Green

Vice President

Elizabeth Stearman

Kentucky Medicaid Humana

Chief Executive Officer


Priscilla McIntosh

The Morton Center


Financial Advisor

Jack Moss, Jr.

First Kentucky Securities

Jr., M.D.

Walter E. Badenhausen

Ellis & Badenhausen, Orthopedics, PSC

Andy Blieden

Real Estate Investor

Controller – Wood Planning/Procurement & Processing

Lucy Herrmann

Brown-Forman Corporation

Kem Delaney-Ellis

Healthcare & Government Relations

Executive Medical Director

John J. Wernert, MD, MHA

Norton Medical Group Behavioral Health Services


Stephen C. Gault

Stephen C. Gault Co.

Jim Murphy


Senior Director of Government Relations

Hope McLaughlin, J.D.

Kentucky Elevance Health

Director Emeritus

Clay Morton


Mark Robinson

Jimmy Dan Conner

Kenneth Reutlinger, Jr.

Mary Ellen Stottmann

Let’s Start Your Recovery!

The Morton Center supports a 12-step model of recovery and uses evidence-based practices to treat individuals, couples, and families.

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