history

For more than three decades, COVA has been making a positive impact on its community and looks ahead to all the ways we’ll continue to help people achieve better, more productive lives.

1982-83  Serv-A-Co Inc. is formed as a subsidiary of Netcare Corp.  •  Supported janitorial employment program begins with grant from Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission

1984  Serv-A-Co receives first of COVA’s many CARF Accreditations

1986  Serv-A-Co becomes the first provider of vocational services for ADAMH Board of Franklin County and separates from Netcare  •  Offices move from Sullivant Ave. to Town St.

1987  Name changes to COVA  •  COVA introduces supported employment

1989  COVA moves to 29 E. 5th Ave.

1993  COVA begins program for youth with emotional problems (CHOICE)

1994  Pathways Program begins (Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission and ADAMH funding)  •  COVA begins Benefits Consulting Services  •  COVA opens Job Place at 5th Ave & High St.

1997  COVA expands consumer base beyond mental illness to include people with physical and other disabilities  •  Columbus Public Schools partners with COVA to expand vocational program for Alum Crest H.S. students

1998  COVA forms partnership with Ohio Job & Family Services opening door for participants transitioning from welfare to work

2001  COVA receives Social Security Administration grant to expand Benefits Consulting services to 37 Ohio counties

2002  COVA acquires new facility in Clintonville, moves to 3770 N. High St.  •  Franklin County Children Services contracts with COVA for Youth Services

2004  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services grant funds coordinated services with COVA, Concord Counseling Services and Columbus Housing Network

2005  COVA establishes Rev. Harold Brown Award established Employee of the Year  •  COVA opens second office to serve Delaware & Morrow counties  •  Medicaid billing begins through Concord Counseling Services  •  Staff Innovation Award created  •  Careers for the Future receives initial funding from U.S. Department of Education  •  COVA’s Careers for the Future program honored with U.S. Department of Labor New Freedom Initiative Award

2006  Lilly Reintegration Award honors Careers For the Future  •  Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corp. funding established for Careers For the Future  •  Collaborations formed with On My Own, Career Works & BenePlan

2007  Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission honors COVA as organization of the year  •  Supported Employment Transition program begins  •  Summer Youth Services program begins with COWIC funding  •  COVA relocates Delaware offices to 27 W. Winter St.  •  Lilly Reintegration Award honors COVA’s Benefits Consulting  •  Columbus Foundation awards grant for Forensic Peer Training Program feasibility study

2008  COVA leads central Ohio Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative and begins pre-release vocational programming in six prisons for those with mental illness  •  Benefits Consulting program expands into 63 Ohio counties  •  Pathways II begins with expansion of COVA vocational services to Fairfield County

2009 COVA awarded United Way funding • PhotoVoice project empowers nine participants to fight stigma through words and photos

2010 COVA launches WorkPath program with support from The Columbus Foundation to expedite access to vocational rehabilitation services in Weinland Park and Central Ohio • COVA’s collaboration with Concord Counseling Services and Dublin Counseling Center begins RENEW program to reduce hospitalization needs of young adults • Lilly Reintegration Award honors COVA’s prisoner re-entry initiative • COVA brings peer-supported work readiness and job placement program to Franklin County Jail

2011 Recovery to Work program expands services to persons recovering from alcohol and other drug addiction in Franklin and Delaware counties • COVA implements electronic health record system with support from Osteopathic Heritage Foundation

2012 COVA wins United Way Franklin County’s Agency of Excellence Award • Collaborative renew program wins Business First Health Care Heroes Award for innovation • PhotoVoice II art advocacy project opens, sharing eight participants’ stories of recovery

2014 Acquired by Southeast, Inc. on 7/1/2014.

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