The residential services available through Coleman Professional Services have been an important community attribute since early in Coleman’s existence. Our years of experience have led us to proudly be recognized as model for Best Practices in the field of behavioral health residential services.
- 1982: Coleman began residential services with the opening of 227 Place, a 12-bed home.
- 1984: The Crisis Unit was opened, starting out as a long- term 8-bed residential treatment program with two crisis beds. As more permanent housing became available, the unit was able to change its emphasis to a short-term 11-bed crisis stabilization unit in which persons at risk of hospitalization are stabilized in their own community.
- 1987:The Apartment Living Program was expanded to include a second cluster of apartments, which was a result of a grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health.
- 1988-1990: Coleman purchased and renovated seven homes for residential apartments.
- 1991: Ten more apartment units added.
- 1994: Franklin House was opened as a five-bed supervised group home.
- 1997: Community contributes over $84,000 to help construct Coleman Apartments, and 11-unit residence for persons with a mental illness.
- 1999: Edinburg group home opened, serving 5 adults in a supervised setting, with $56,000 given by donors to help purchase and renovate the facility.
- 2000: With the opening of Windham House group home, Coleman operates over 70 residential units throughout Portage County.
- 2001: Abbott House, another 7-bed supervised group home was built behind the Kent Coleman Professional Services building.The residential properties now total 40 independent apartments at 11 different sites and five group facilities at five different sites. These facilities combine to offer 77 total living units for our clients.
- HUD residential model as Best Practice: Coleman Professional Services has been acknowledged at the State level by the Department of Development and the Department of Mental Health. The organization has been awarded for Coleman Residential Services on the National level by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as being a leader in the field in housing development and operations for persons with mental illness. Coleman is one of the four organizations in the nation to be chosen by HUD to be the subject of research in Best Practices for provisions of service to rural homeless populations. Coleman’s applications for new project and renewals of projects have consistently been met with success of the past 10 years and have resulted in six projects being funded. These projects include independent housing as well as service enriched housing for persons with substance abuse and mental illness. The success has also been a result of positive collaborations with other county organizations. Coleman has received funding for the past 10 years form the Ohio Department of Development to support residential staff positions.