COMPASS, Zepf Center agencies to mergeWritten by Danielle Stanton | | firstname.lastname@example.org
COMPASS, a recovery agency for substance abuse, is merging with Zepf Center, a mental health agency, in a move that will streamline and expand services for patients with mental health and substance abuse issues, said COMPASS Board President Bill Takacs.
“Those individuals who have been receiving services will continue to receive them,” Takacs said. “What this merger will enable us to do is offer an effective and more efficient way of providing services in both arenas.
“There are a lot of people with substance abuse issues who also have mental health issues and, similarly, there are a lot of people with mental health issues who [have] substance abuse issues.”
Takacs said the agencies, which will retain their respective names and locations, will be able to treat those with both mental health and substance abuse issues “quicker, better and cheaper.”
There will be no disruption in services and no services will be dropped as a result of the merger, Takacs said. Services for children and adolescents will be added.
“If anything, we anticipate an expansion of services,” Takacs said. “There’s not a lot of services to children and adolescents in our community and we are very hopeful this merger will facilitate an expansion of services to children and adolescents.”
It’s being touted as a merger, but in essence Zepf will be acquiring COMPASS, because Zepf is the larger of the two agencies with a bigger budget, Takacs said. A COMPASS board member will now serve on Zepf’s board.
“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for both organizations to expand what we already do so well individually and do it in a cost-effective manner,” Takacs said.
“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,” Jennifer Moses, CEO of Zepf, said in a statement. “Our timing is optimized by the planned expansion of Medicaid services here in Ohio through Gov. [John] Kasich, which will help us reach even more of those in need.
“I used to work for COMPASS and am very familiar with its services and clientele,” Moses continued. “We have been in periodic talks with COMPASS about combining forces and our timing benefits everyone.”
Zepf Center opened in 1974 and is named after Elizabeth A. Zepf, a Toledo resident who was active in mental health organizations. Zepf Center works to treat the whole person through psychiatric care, care coordination, residential support, case management, therapy and career development services. Zepf Center has six locations in Lucas County as well as two apartment buildings and two group homes and serves more than 5,000 individuals a year.
Since 1971, COMPASS has been providing services to Northwest Ohio residents and 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 its Collingwood Boulevard location in Toledo’s Old West End. Its SASI (Substance Abuse Services Inc.) division, which provides medically assisted treatment to those with drug addictions, will keep operating at its 12th Street facility.