THE EPILEPSY ASSOCIATION - WHO WE ARE
Mission:To serve children, adults, and families in Northeast Ohio impacted by epilepsy; to raise awareness in the community, provide education, advocacy, and direct services that lead to an increased understanding of the disorder and better management of the condition; for affected individuals to build resilience, personal fulfillment, independence, and the ability to contribute meaningfully to the community.
Purpose Statement:We believe education and awareness are imperative to treatment, acceptance, equitable division of resources and the inherent right of every individual impacted by epilepsy to lead a happy, healthy and productive life.
Epilepsy Association History:The Epilepsy Association was founded in 1953 when parents of children with epilepsy identified the need for information and education. The agency was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1972, and in 1990 began offering mental health services to adults with both epilepsy and severe mental illness. In 2004, the agency disaffiliated from the national Epilepsy Foundation in order to maintain local focus and keep all fundraising dollars in Northeast Ohio. The agency is licensed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF is an international, independent, nonprofit-accreditor of human service providers and certifies that providers meet the highest standards for quality. Today the agency’s service area includes 13 counties throughout Northeast Ohio.
About the Epilepsy Association:
The Epilepsy Association is a local, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, based in Cleveland, OH, that assists adults, children and families dealing with the challenges of epilepsy since 1953.The Epilepsy Association offers a wide range of services, including adult mental health case management, individualized support for children & families to increase quality of life, and community education to promote awareness. Our professionally trained staff is skilled in epilepsy and mental health management and recognizes the unique needs of individuals living with epilepsy. The agency is the sole provider of epilepsy specific community-based services in Northeast Ohio. The Epilepsy Association is nationally accredited and incorporates evidence based practices into programing.
Epilepsy Association Accreditations and Licensure:
The Epilepsy Association is licensed and accredited by several entities, including:
- CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities)
- ODMH (Ohio Department of Mental Health)
Epilepsy Association Contracts and Partnerships:
The Epilepsy Association partners with several local organizations to provide services, including: