Devereux Foundation endeavors to make a difference in the lives of people with behavioral, psychological, intellectual, or neurological problems. A not-for-profit organization, Devereux serves children, adolescents, and adults and their families through about 20 centers in about a dozen states. Its offerings include hospitalization, group homes, respite care, family counseling, and vocational training. Devereux also conducts behavioral health research and provides consulting services for other organizations with similar concerns. The group's work began in 1912 when Philadelphia educator Helena Devereux began working with three special education students in her parents' home.
The organization's Institute of Clinical Training and Research was founded in 1938. It provides professional training in psychology, psychiatry, social work, and special education.
Devereux Foundation maintains facilities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
Devereux's revenue increased by a little over 1% in 2011 to $395.2 million, compared to $389.4 million in 2010. Its net income increased to $2.6 million compared to its loss of $0.9 million in 2010. That year the foundation provided $17.9 million in charity care, representing a 3% decrease from 2010, for clients who were unable to pay.
In 2012, as the foundation entered its second century of operation, it began working on a comprehensive plan to set its strategic direction that would take into account not only new challenges, but new opportunities present in the world today. Devereux is examining its centers and corporate departments while it continues to place the highest value on building relationships with the people and public agencies that use its services. Key elements to its strategic plan include quality management, national branding, and maintaining fiscal responsibility to ensure a strong balance sheet. The foundation is also looking to expand opportunities for its intellectual properties and services through partnerships with school systems and universities and through expanded services for people with autism and added community-based adult services. – less