In 2014, the South Country Health Alliance partnered with counties to develop the Healthy Pathways program that works to prevent mental health deterioration through early intervention. The program offers the immediate response to an individual in the mental health crisis and is also a “step down” service for those no longer needing intensive care. Local counties report positive outcomes including fewer incarcerations, fewer calls to law enforcement, fewer visits to the ER and successful treatment for substance use disorders.

Gretchen Petterson, LSW

Behavioral Health Program Manager
South Country Health Alliance

Gretchen Petterson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Winona State University in 2008. Gretchen has worked for South Country Health Alliance since 2013. Prior to this, she worked as an Adult Protection Social Worker / Rule 25 Assessor in both Steele and Rice Counties. The majority of her work experience has centered around adults with disabilities and both adults and children with mental health diagnoses.

Abby Villaran, MA, LMFT

Social Services Supervisor
Goodhue County Health & Human Services

Abby Villaran received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2001 and her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Post-Master’s Certificate in Marriage in Family Therapy from the University of St. Thomas in 2004. She has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2008. Abby has worked at Goodhue County since 2006 in a variety of areas including CMH Case Management, Intensive In-Home therapy and skills with families involved with child protection, DBT.