Areas of Need

Your Support Makes a Difference

Your support helps fund financial aid awards that allow clients to fully participate in a range of programs and services. Some programs, like our Family STEP Program and Alumni Program, are made possible entirely through your generosity.

Mark C. West Financial Aid Program

Our need-based financial aid scholarship program enables many clients and their families to access and complete treatment. While clients and families are responsible for a portion of their treatment costs, the Mark C. West Financial Aid Program helps fill the gap.


of clients received financial aid awards in 2021


average award per recipient in 2021


total financial aid distributed in 2021

"Financial aid paved the way for me to get the help I needed."

- Bryn P., a Skyland Trail alumna
Read Bryn's story

Expressive Therapies and Specialized Services

Working with our expert music, horticultural, art or recreation therapists can help open doors to the process of sharing and communication. Clients also are empowered to connect to the larger community through volunteer service opportunities and community-based social and cultural activities.

Clients also receive support from our interfaith spiritual counselor as well as training and guidance from our vocational services program. These unique programs significantly impact engagement and progress toward recovery.

Family Services

The weekly Family STEP Program connects families to peer support and mental health education with Skyland Trail clinicians and other experts in the community. STEP is offered free of charge to Skyland Trail families.

Alumni Program

The alumni program helps graduates of our program stay connected with their peers and engage in regular social opportunities. Skyland Trail clinicians provide skills boosters, and alumni support one another through peer support groups. Graduates from outside of Atlanta connect via a monthly phone call. There is no enrollment fee for the Alumni Program.

How Your Support Directly Affects Clients and Families

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One Adjunctive Therapy Class

Areas of Need Wellness 250

One Week of Wellness and Nutrition Instruction

Areas Of Need Family 500

One Month of Family Programming

Our Donors

Ed Bastian Delta CEO

Ed Bastian

“Delta is committed to making the communities where our employees live, work and serve a better place. Supporting world class…

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Jenny Pruitt

Jenny Pruitt

“Skyland Trail helps restore adults 18 and over to productive, fulfilling lives. The expert medical staff, the compassion of leaders…

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Sarah Kennedy

Sarah Kennedy is a strong supporter of the financial aid program, which enables families in the community to help families of…

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Mark West and family

Mark C. West

 “My family and I value this opportunity to build on the legacy of all those who have contributed to the…

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Rex Fuqua

Rex Fuqua has supported Skyland Trail since the beginning, joining the advisory board in 1990 and the board of directors…

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Rand Glenn Hagen

How did you first learn about Skyland Trail? I have known about Skyland Trail for years, but when I moved…

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Jackie and Tony Montag include Skyland Trail in their annual giving and planned giving

Jackie and Tony Montag

We have been involved with Skyland Trail for many years. Every interaction, from attending fundraising and educational events, to participating…

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Mary and John Brock

Mary and John Brock

Inspired by Friends We first learned about Skyland Trail when we attended Benefits of Laughter as a guest of Kelly…

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Jane and Clay Jackson

Mental health affects all of us, including our family and friends. As a national leader in mental health care, Skyland…

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Don and Beth Inman

Don Inman

What inspires you to renew your support each year?     The Inman family really believes in the mission of Skyland…

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Hilton Howell

“We are incredibly blessed to have one of the finest institutions for the treatment of mental illness right here in our backyard. Having been involved…

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In Memoriam: Sally Faletti

Clients who entered treatment in the early days of Skyland Trail became a part of the history of the organization. One of those clients was…

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Ty Smith

“I support Skyland Trail, and it is included in my annual and estate charitable giving for three reasons: the mission, how the organization leads in…

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LaSandra Boykin

“Norfolk Southern is committed to enriching the communities where we live and work to help them thrive. With the increase in prevalence of mental health…

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Tricia and Maurice Rosenbaum

“Laughter really is the best medicine, and in this case, laughter introduced us to Skyland Trail.  Benefits of Laughter has been an event we look…

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