HOOVER, Ala. \u2013 EBSCO Industries has joined forces with Longleaf \u2013 an established partnership between Birmingham Recovery Center and LIV Ventures – to build recovery and mental health wellness centers in three locations across Alabama.The partnership agreement finalized on Thursday, March 9, 2023, will bolster Longleaf\u2019s mission to make mental health services and substance use treatment options more accessible in the state.\u201cAs a company whose mission is to create positive results in the people we employ, in the businesses we build, and in the communities where we work and live, EBSCO is excited to be a partner in Longleaf, a company that is positively changing lives in our community through the provision of leading\u00a0drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. We are proud to support Longleaf in their efforts of improving mental health and expanding their services across our state,\u201d said David Walker, president and chief executive officer of EBSCO Industries.The need for mental health services has increased dramatically in recent years, but options for help are limited across the country. Recently released data from the Centers for Disease Control have shown a steep incline in deaths attributed to addiction \u2013 rising some fivefold in the last two decades. In fact, annual deaths caused by overdoses number more than those caused by gun violence and automobile accidents combined.“It\u2019s saddening how prevalent addiction has become in our society,\u201d said Thomas Harris, chairman of the board of Longleaf. \u201cWe want to make mental health and substance use treatment options easier for the people of Alabama to access because one death caused by drug addiction is one too many.\u201dThe addition of EBSCO to the Longleaf partnership will bolster treatment options for the tens of thousands of Alabamians who suffer from mental health disorders and\/or battle addiction, which has been proven to be linked to mental health issues.\u201cEBSCO Industries\u2019 mission aligns with our pursuit to \u2018invest well and do good\u2019 throughout our communities,\u201d said Robb Crumpton, LIV\u2019s chief executive officer. \u201cThis partnership propels our positive momentum to support those seeking mental health services and substance use treatment options across Alabama.\u201dLongleaf broke ground on their first wellness center location last fall in Hoover. The partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program will be able to serve 60 clients. The facility will be located next to Birmingham Recovery Center – the company’s outpatient treatment location – in the International Park off Acton Road.Construction on the first Longleaf Recovery Center is set to begin this spring in Madison County. Like Birmingham, the Huntsville-area location will provide substance abuse recovery treatment while also serving as a substance abuse recovery resource for the community. Longleaf Recovery Center \u2013 Madison will host support groups and retreats and provide meeting space for those with a vested interest in recovery support.A third facility for substance use treatment is set to be built in the Baldwin County area, with a groundbreaking slated for later in the year.