The Devereux Foundation is a nonprofit behavioral health organization that operates programs and services in 13 U.S. states, working with children and adults with developmental disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, and mental illnesses. It is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare in the United States.[1] Its operations include psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment centers, group homes, respite care, supported living, foster care, special education, and vocational education.

History edit

Helena T. Devereux founded the first Devereux School in Philadelphia in 1912, after having taught special education in the School District of Philadelphia.[2][3] By 1918, Devereux moved her operation to Devon, Pennsylvania and began acquiring properties throughout Chester County, Pennsylvania and along the Philadelphia Main Line to accommodate her rapidly expanding programs.[4] The Devereux Foundation was established as a nonprofit organization in 1938.[5]

California center's Devereux Hall in Santa Barbara County in 2010

The organization's first major expansion, to California, was aided by support from the Max Factor Family Foundation.[6] In 1945, the Devereux Foundation opened a school and residential treatment center on the Campbell Ranch in Santa Barbara County. Devereux Hall was designated Historical Landmark No. 27 by the County of Santa Barbara on September 8, 1987.[7]

Today the Devereux Foundation has centers in the following locations:

  • Pennsylvania – established 1938
  • California – established 1945
  • Texas – established 1959
  • Massachusetts – established 1965
  • Connecticut – established 1967
  • Arizona – established 1967
  • Georgia – established 1973
  • New Jersey – established 1982
  • Florida – established 1987
  • New York – established 1987
  • Colorado – established 1999

References edit

  1. ^ Caroline Stewart, “Devereux celebrates its 100th anniversary at the Museum of Art”, December 13, 2012.
  2. ^ Devereux, Helena (1909). "Report of a Year's Work on Defectives in a Public School". The Psychological Clinic. 3 (2): 45–48. PMC 5138961. PMID 28909435.
  3. ^ Brind, David (2011). Reaching the Mind, Touching the Spirit (PDF). Villanova: Devereux Foundation. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  4. ^ Post, J.B. (2004). "Devereux in Easttown and Tredyffrin Townships" (PDF). Devereux in Easttown and Tredyffrin Townships. 41: 131–134. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  5. ^ "Recognizing the Devereux Foundation" (PDF). Congressional Record. 112th Congress. 2011–2012.
  6. ^ Prost, Marlene (May 7, 1987). "Devereux: An Investment in Self-esteem". Philadelphia Inquirer.
  7. ^ Coombs, Gary; Olsen, Phyllis (1987). In the Grand Manor: The Story of Devereux Hall. Goleta, California: Institute for American Research. ISBN 0911773053.

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