COMPASS/SASI Merger

In July 2014 COMPASS/SASI & Zepf Center merg to better treat addictions and mental iIlness.

COMPASS Corporation for Recovery Services, which provides treatment for those with addictions to alcohol, drugs and/or gambling, has announced plans to merge with Zepf Center, a comprehensive mental health agency providing behavioral health care services and vocational training to youth and adults with mental illnesses. Both non-profit agencies are based in Lucas County.

Through this merger, the combined agency will be able to expand drug and alcohol treatment programs to youth, and provide more comprehensive treatment options to the growing population of those suffering from substance abuse and mental illness. Combining the services and expertise within both agencies will streamline care coordination and increase access for our clients to programs in Lucas County. Additionally, the partnership will position the combined agency to be flexible and competitive as our healthcare system continues to evolve.

Since 1971, COMPASS has been providing services to Northwest Ohio residents and currently offers short-term residential treatment, outpatient treatment services, court-ordered drug treatment, medically assisted detoxification services, DWI programs, and a new gambling treatment program. COMPASS will continue to operate out of the Collingwood Boulevard location in Toledo's Old West End. Its SASI division, which provides medically assisted treatment to individuals with drug addictions, will keep its operations at the 12th Street facility.

Zepf Center first opened its doors in 1974 and is named after Elizabeth A. Zepf, a Toledo resident who was very active in mental health service development. Zepf Center strives to treat the whole person through psychiatric, care coordination, residential, case management, therapy and career development services. Currently, Zepf Center has six locations throughout Lucas County, two apartment buildings and two group homes. Zepf Center serves more than 5,000 individuals annually.

"The clients whom we serve and the community as a whole will benefit tremendously from this new arrangement which will better address the needs and concerns of those individuals and families who are struggling with mental health and/or alcohol and drug issues," declared Bill Takacs, COMPASS Board President. He noted that across the country, public agencies providing substance abuse and mental illness care and treatment are combining services under umbrella organizations in order to better serve their clients.

 "We are excited to join forces with COMPASS and expand care and treatment to those who need it in Northwest Ohio, particularly here in Lucas County," said Jennifer Moses, CEO of Zepf Center. “Our timing is optimized by the planned expansion of Medicaid services here in Ohio through Governor Kasich, which will help us reach even more of those in need."

Mrs. Moses added, "I used to work for COMPASS and am very familiar with its services and clientele. We have been in periodic talks with COMPASS about combining forces and our timing benefits everyone."

 

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