The Evolution of BrightQuest

BrightQuest Treatment Centers offer a full spectrum of care from residential treatment through independent living and outpatient support for clients with complex mental illnesses. BrightQuest develops individualized and comprehensive treatment plans tailored to the specific needs of each client.

Our Origin


BrightQuest Treatment Centers opened in 1979 originally under the name Hanbleceya. Founded by Dr. Moira Fitzpatrick, Hanbleceya was the result of her own personal encounter with mental illness and the healing she experienced living in a therapeutic community. With support from a healer who had strong Native American roots, she embarked on her own Hanbleceya—also known as a vision quest—and returned to San Diego to actualize her vision.

This safe, welcoming, therapeutic community was a refreshing option for people with mental illness to live together outside of an institutional setting and support each other in building a purposeful life beyond a diagnosis. Over the years, we expanded the original therapeutic community which initially focused on schizophrenia to include treatment for individuals with mood, trauma-based, and co-occurring disorders.

Expanding Our Horizons: From Hanbleceya to BrightQuest


In 1993 we added semi-independent housing to our program to offer more intensive guidance for the development and mastery of independent-living skills. Shortly after that, we launched Project WIN, our work incentive program to help our community members in their vocational and educational goals. The next several years were dedicated to community-based treatment initiatives and expanding our reach internationally to bring hope and opportunities to those seeking a life beyond stabilization and acute care options.

A group of employees formed a partnership in 2005 and created Hanbleceya Treatment Centers—now known as BrightQuest—dedicated to providing a full continuum of care that integrated nutrition and health services, equine and other experiential therapies, and a robust family support system. We added one of the first concentrated 3-day assessment practices in the country to ensure individuals and their families were best matched with the services we offer. Over the next 12 years, our program flourished, becoming a thriving, expansive community with multiple levels of care and a full spectrum of choices for those looking to bring healthy, sustainable change to their lives.

BrightQuest Treatment Centers Today


BrightQuest became part of the Constellation Behavioral Health family of treatment centers in 2017. Together with Constellation, we were able to expand our unique therapeutic community model of treatment across the country. In 2018, with a new name that both embodied our rich heritage and enabled us to reach even more people across the nation, we expanded our program and added a second BrightQuest location in Tennessee.

BrightQuest Treatment Centers in San Diego and Nashville welcomes adults suffering from complex psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring disorders. For over 40 years, we have provided a vastly underserved population with the treatment they need to live a more independent, purposeful, and healthy life. We continue our legacy of offering compassionate care within a supportive therapeutic community setting where individuals and their families are given the opportunity to experience belonging and genuine connection while developing skills essential for sustained system-wide recovery and health.

Explore Our Locations

Both of our facilities offer the same quality care for individuals suffering from complex mental illnesses.