2023: A Year of Increasing Access


A message from Adam Hartzell CEO

2023 has been an extraordinary year for SouthLight. As CEO, I feel honored and humbled as I reflect back on all SouthLight has accomplished in the last 12 months, and to be a part of such an amazing community. We couldn’t do it without each of you, our supporters, donors, volunteers, and community partners.  On behalf of the SouthLight team, THANK YOU!  

2023: A Year of Increasing Access by Adam Hartzell, SouthLight CEO

Expanding access has been a key theme throughout 2023 and will continue into next year as we continue to grow. In addition to all the amazing programs being run by our community-based teams, the outpatient providers, court and justice personnel, and the women’s residential team, here are a few highlights of the new things going on around SouthLight.


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8 Highlights from 2023

Our Opioid Treatment Program is now the largest single-site opioid clinic in North Carolina, serving more than 800 people each day. It is the only OTP in the state offering access through additional hours in the evening.  

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The comprehensive renovation of our Outpatient Treatment Center in Southeast Raleigh is well underway. Thanks to support from our community, we will soon have only a million dollars to raise to meet our $3.5 million capital campaign goal.

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Our community-based teams continue to provide high-quality mental health and substance use services, serving more people than ever. We are becoming a go-to provider in our region!

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Our team of providers, nurses, counselors, peer support specialists, and more have grown! We have an amazing team of over 185 mission-driven employees, the most in SouthLight history!  

In addition to our partnership with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office, we now serve as the provider for Wake County’s Recovery Court

Our Community Engagement Team hosted a Recovery Month celebration serving over 500 clients, with over a dozen community partners.

SouthLight continues to provide access to mental health and substance use treatment to anyone who needs it, regardless of ability to pay or insurance status. We are serving more than 7,000 people each year!  

Building on all of SouthLight’s incredible services and expert team members, the organization is on the path to becoming Wake County’s first and only Certified Behavioral Health Clinic!  

Again, we thank each of you for your support and commitment to SouthLight’s mission. Stay tuned for some more exciting announcements coming in 2024!