Coleman Professional Services was founded in 1978 and was originally named the Kevin Coleman Center in honor of a noble young man and friend of the Portage County community, Father Kevin Coleman. Please view this PDF for a further glimpse into the life of Fr. Coleman, told through friends and co-workers.
In its past 31 years, Coleman has had two leaders: Bob Walker (1978-1985), and Nelson W. Burns (1985-present). To maintain and provide affordable, high-quality services to its customers and employees, these men stood as the catalysts behind the development of Coleman Professional Services through its additions of diversified services and enterprises.
In 1984, Coleman merged with Portage Area Senior Services (PASS), an affordable daytime program designed for adults whose lives are challenged because of limited or diminishing physical, social or cognitive abilities, to begin offering a variety of services tailored to adult customers’ needs. PASS, now known as Coleman Adult Day Services, grew steadily and was in need of a new facility to allow more space and accessibility. In 2004, a new facility was built and named The Burbick at Coleman in honor of Ron Burbick, long-time friend of Coleman and president of The Burbick Foundation.
Coleman added employment services in 1986 to provide vocational and supported training for individuals struggling with behavioral health issues. These services were designed to facilitate maximum independence and reintegration into the community. Skill training and job coaching were set up to assist people in their employment search.
In order to offer immediate assistance to customers, a 24-hour crisis and pre-screening was set up in 1987 to provide around-the-clock adult and youth behavioral health crisis intervention services on a walk-in or telephone basis to persons in
Coleman continued its growth by adding one of its three enterprises in 1989. Coleman Data Solutions, formerly SAGE Computer Services, provides persons recovering from mental illness opportunities for job training and employment. It is currently the largest data management service in
Another enterprise, Coleman Wellness Solutions, has been providing superior employee assistance and wellness services to companies since 1989. Initially established as a resource for behavioral health consultation and intervention, Coleman Wellness Solutions has since expanded into a single-source, cost effective partner for a myriad of productivity and performance solutions in the workplace.
Throughout the early nineties, Coleman constructed and offered new residential group homes and supportive living facilities to provide safe and affordable community housing across
Coleman Consultation Services was established in 2003 as an enterprise, which began with a focus on housing and residential treatment development as well as grant writing, billing administration and strategic planning. The business now offers professional consultation on more than fifteen different areas of expertise that serve a wide variety of industries.
In January 2011, Coleman Professional Services began providing behavioral health services to three west central counties, Allen, Auglaize and Hardin. The Mental Health Recovery Services Board for AAH voted to switch the provider to Coleman Professional Services and CPS was honored to begin providing services to the adults in need. Services provided include: mental health counseling services, psychiatry services, crisis intervention services, and alcohol and other drug services. Coleman Professional Services now provides seven counties with behavioral health care around Ohio.
Since its inception, Coleman Professional Services has grown to more than 365 employees and now has an annual budget of more than twenty million dollars. CPS exists today as a nationally recognized not-for-profit provider of behavioral health and rehabilitation programs.
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