Glenwood’s Mission, Vision, Philosophy, Values



Glenwood’s mission is to enable individuals to live life to their fullest potential. We provide an array of comprehensive services devoted to the protection of individual rights, anchored in the support and person-centered treatment of children and adults impacted by autism and other behavioral health needs. Outcome-focused services are provided through positive interactions, centered in dignity and respect of the individual’s rights.


Glenwood seeks to become the premier provider of autism and behavioral health services in Alabama – through professional collaboration, superior programming and evidence-based services for children and adults. Delivering care to meet each individual’s needs, we will be the treatment program of choice through access, integration, outcomes and research.


While symptoms may be subject to classification, people are not. At Glenwood, each person is evaluated and treated as an individual. Not only are services and treatment settings prescribed according to individual needs, but also professional staff creatively tailor programs to enhance each person’s opportunities for success. Glenwood believes each person has the potential to improve and to strive to maximize that potential in the least restrictive setting possible. Equally important, Glenwood serves the families of each individual. Glenwood encourages parental involvement to strengthen the efforts of the support team. The staff at Glenwood respects the dignity of the individual and recognizes the individual as part of the family unit.

The treatment, education, and welfare of each individual are important and should be based on best-practice concepts. Glenwood is committed to research and is a member of a scientific research community affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmingham that includes physicians, scientists, clinicians, Glenwood staff, and Glenwood Board members. A research committee was developed in 1987 and is dedicated to cutting edge research to improve treatment modalities for individuals with autism and mental illness.


  • Uphold the dignity of the people we serve, their families, and each other
  • Responsive and caring customer service
  • Effective and open communication 
  • Professionalism
  • Accountability 
  • Teamwork
  • Creative thinking
  • Positive work attitude
  • Positive management of conflict