About The Morton Center

At The Morton Center, we recognize that alcoholism and other addictions affect the entire family.

More Than Treatment

We believe that addiction can’t be separated from the person. So, we treat the whole person, not just their addiction.

Our professional staff considers the individual’s social, mental, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.

The Morton Center supports a 12-step model of recovery and uses evidence-based practices to treat individuals, couples and families.

Our Mission

The mission of The Morton Center is to restore the health of individuals and families struggling with alcoholism and other addictions by providing specialized counseling and educational services.

Our Founders

For more than 31 years, we have been true to the original vision of our co-founders, Jane Morton Norton and John P. Walsh.

Jane Norton
A prominent Louisville businesswoman, civic leader, philanthropist, patron of the arts and artist. In 1948, her family established WAVE-TV, the first television station in Kentucky. She managed and had an active role in the station until her death in 1988 at age 88.
John Walsh
A Louisville native widely known in the field of chemical dependency and counseling. He has developed a nationally recognized recovery model. Mr. Walsh and his family live in Louisville, where he operates John Walsh Counseling & Consulting.

Our History

We get our name from United States Sen. Thruston B. Morton. His sister, Jane Morton Norton, and counselor John P. Walsh founded The Morton Center in 1984 in Senator Morton’s memory. He died in 1982, after representing Kentucky in the U.S. House and Senate as well as serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Mrs. Norton wanted to create something unique in Kentucky. Over 31 years later, her legacy, The Morton Center, recognizes that chemical dependency and other destructive, addictive behaviors tear families apart.

  • In 1989, we established an Intensive Outpatient Program in partnership with Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Louisville.
  • Our Intensive Outpatient Program continued to grow along with our other services, and in 2001, The Morton Center moved its statewide headquarters to its current, 14,500-square-foot facility in Louisville.

The Morton Center is widely known for treating healthcare and other professionals with addiction problems. That began in 1993, when we first partnered with the Kentucky Physicians Health Foundation and its Impaired Physicians Program.

Since then, The Morton Center has assessed and treated thousands of physicians and other licensed professionals in Kentucky for chemical dependency, including…

  • Nursing
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists, and
  • Dentists

We also partner with the Kentucky Bar Association to offer treatment to attorneys with chemical dependency problems.


Board Officers

Scott Neff – President
Co-CEO, Chief Investment Officer
Glenview Trust Company
Chris Torres—Treasurer
Finance Manager, Aircraft Maintenance Finance
UPS Airlines
Jamie Cox – Vice President
Vice Cox & Townsend
Ruby Jo Lubarsky – Secretary
Retired – President
Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities


Stephen C. Gault
Stephen C. Gault Co.
Walter E. Badenhausen, Jr., M.D.
Ellis & Badenhausen Orthopaedic Physicians
Jimmy Dan Conner
Sr. Vice President
BB&T Insurance Services
Kim Ellis
John English, Sr.
Katrina Green
Corporate Controller
Dr. Sarah Johnson
Private Practice
Melissa Lowe, SPHR
HR Director
Stephanie Massler
SVP Media Director
Judge Sandra L. McLaughlin
District Court Judge
Jack Moss, Jr.
Financial Advisor
First Kentucky Securities
John C. Norman, Jr.
Personnel Policy Service, Inc.
Mary Ellen Stottmann
OnLine Printing, Inc.
Delene Taylor
Mark Alemi
National Account Manager -CVS
Brown-Forman, Inc.
Lynnie Meyer, RN EdD CFRE
System VP & Chief Dev. Officer
Norton Healthcare Children’s Hospital Foundation & Norton Healthcare Foundation
Jim Murphy