Southwest Solutions began as a mental health agency. In the wake deinstitutionalization, Southwest’s mission was to help the mentally ill live in the community by providing psychiatric counseling and medication.
John Van Camp was with Southwest Solutions since its beginning. He started as an administrative assistant and became head of the organization in 1981, a position he held until his retirement in 2018. John advocated expanding the vision of Southwest Solutions. He believed that reintegrating the mentally ill and homeless into the community also required providing decent, affordable housing and support services, and actively participating in neighborhood revitalization and economic development. John’s broad vision delineated the future of our organization.
In February 2021, Sean de Four was named President and CEO of Southwest Solutions. Sean has extensive experience in the health and human services sector that makes him well-suited for the mission and broad range of programs at Southwest Solutions. This experience includes work in behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, refugee resettlement, senior services, affordable housing, homeless services, substance abuse treatment, and more.
Our programs help those who were at the margins of society turn the page and write new chapters of resilience and purpose. These countless stories of renewed hope are the living history of Southwest Solutions.