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 2023


average award per recipient in 2023


total financial aid awarded in 2023

"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

Supporting World Class Mental Health Treatment “Delta is committed to making the communities where our employees live, work and serve…

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Jenny Pruitt

Jenny Pruitt

Productive, Fulfilling Lives “Skyland Trail helps restore adults 18 and over to productive, fulfilling lives. The expert medical staff, the…

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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

Building on a Legacy  “My family and I value this opportunity to build on the legacy of all those who…

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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

The Whole Person How did you first learn about Skyland Trail? I have known about Skyland Trail for years, but…

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

Jackie and Tony Montag

A Critical Organization for Our Community We have been involved with Skyland Trail for many years. Every interaction, from attending…

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Mary and John Brock

Mary and John Brock

Inspired by Friends, Motivated by Family Inspired by Friends We first learned about Skyland Trail when we attended Benefits of…

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Jane and Clay Jackson

Mental Health Affects All of Us Mental health affects all of us, including our family and friends. As a national…

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Don and Beth Inman

Don Inman

We believe in the mission of Skyland Trail. What inspires you to renew your support each year?     The Inman…

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Allison Hill

Reshaping the Conversation About Mental Illness How did you first become aware of Skyland Trail? During our early days in Atlanta, Skyland Trail was one…

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Maryland and Don McCarty

Giving to Skyland Trail Was a Natural Decision The McCarty’s son, David, graduated from Skyland Trail in 2009. Since then, they have continued to stay…

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Denise and Jay Mitchell

Denise and Jay D. Mitchell

Great Work in Perpetuity “I included Skyland Trail in my estate plans because it is such a worthwhile organization, and I want to ensure that…

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Cindy and John Ferguson

Cindy and John Ferguson

Meeting the Needs “John and I believe Skyland Trail is serving a very important need in our community, and The Cypress Society provides us the…

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Barbara and Gary Caruso

A Shared Belief That Everyone Can Get Better Meet the Carusos Barbara and Gary Caruso live in Johns Creek, GA. Their son graduated from Skyland…

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