Zepf Center News

October is Bullying Prevention and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Published Friday, October 2, 2015

The Zepf Center has been making strides in the local area in identifying bullying and setting up successful interventions in schools with the H.O.P.E Project. The H.O.P.E Project targets bullying through the education of the staff, mediation of interventions between victims and their bullies, and the introduction of student-led support programs.

Bullies, themselves, are profiled by Zepf: "Some bullies are outgoing, aggressive, active and expressive. Some however may be quiet, manipulative and not want to be recognized as a harasser. They try to control by being the “smooth talker” waiting for the right time to strike. This type of bullying gets his or her power discreetly through cunning, manipulation, and deception.

Bullying can be physical, verbal, cyber and relational in nature. Relational bullying is hard too detect, as it is covert in nature."

However, this role is not written in stone. The differentiation of  bully and victim is often dynamic throughout the course of year, or even the week. "Powerless in one setting, so pushing others around in another and so on," is often the thematic drive of the cycle. 

The overall consensus of the H.O.P.E Project? Bullying prevention is key, and that's what this October is all about.

 You can find more information on the Zepf Center's H.O.P.E Project HERE and HERE.


Integrated care is the coordination of general and behavioral health care needs in an effort to treat not just the body but the mind.


The Lovell Foundation of Toledo Community Foundation Awards Grant to Zepf Center

The Board of Trustees of the Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant from the David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation to Zepf Center in the amount of $31,300. These funds will be used to support the Mosaic Art Project, which utilizes art as a vehicle to connect with people living with mental illness and reduce the stigma of mental illness in our community. 


Behavioral Health Crisis Survey for MHRSB of Lucas County

The Mental Health & Recovery Services Board (MHRSB) of Lucas County is seeking input from stakeholders to understand the function and quality of behavioral health crisis services in Lucas County, including crisis call lines, mobile crisis teams, psychiatric urgent care centers, peer respite centers, crisis stabilization units, and psychiatric hospitals.



Zepf Centerís Staff Overwhelmingly Ratify Contract

Zepf Center is pleased to announce the staff represented by Service Employees International Union 1199 (SEIU), overwhelmingly ratified a three-year collective bargaining agreement on June 19, 2019. The agreement merges two bargaining units and unifies the mental health and substance use disorder sides of Zepf Center under one contract.