First Decade

1976-1977

  • Comprehensive Mental Health Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc., programs initiated on January 1
  • Outpatient service sites set up in Muncie, Portland, and New Castle
  • Inpatient services offered at Ball Memorial Hospital
  • Day Treatment Services initiated in Muncie
  • 24-hour Emergency Services begun

1978-1979  

  • Consultation & Education, Employee Assistance, and Epilepsy Services programs established
  • Addiction Services staffing increased to meet priority needs
  • Aftercare Services expanded
  • Dr. Suzanne Gresham, Ph.D., became Executive Director

1980-1981

  • “Children’s Team” formed to provide services to children and teens
  • Outreach Office opened in Dunkirk in Jay County
  • Satellite facility established at Open Door Community Services in Delaware County
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for substance abuse begun in Delaware County

1981-1982

  • Core program components fully operational
  • Community outreach efforts accelerate

1982-1983

  • Public awareness projects to inform about and advocate for community-based mental health services launched
  • High service demand taxed CMHS staff
  • New facilities opened in Muncie and Henry County

1983-1984  

  • Community Support Program (CSP), encompassing Aftercare and Day Treatment programs, initiated
  • Community Services efforts expanded through CMHS educational programs, public awareness projects, and task force participation

1984-1985

  • New cooperative relationship formed with Ball Memorial Hospital for inpatient care 
  • Plan for residential services developed
  • Group therapy services expanded through a variety of specialized groups

Second Decade

1986-1987

  • Residential Services to meet needs of individuals with long-term mental illness added with the opening of Lewis House in Delaware County and Teaboldt House in Henry County
  • Expansion of Semi-Independent Living Program (SILP)
  • Accreditation received from JCAHO (Joint Committee on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations)

1987-1988

  • Henry County services moved to new facilities in Henry County Hospital
  • Specialized therapeutic foster care program for severely emotionally disturbed children initiated, in partnership with the Division of Family and
  • Children Services
  • Full accreditation awarded by the Division of Addiction Services

1988-1989  

  • Homeless Project and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) programs initiated
  • Logan House, a third adult group home, opened in Muncie
  • Community Support Program (CPS) opened in Henry County
  • Indiana General Assembly approved funding to build a centralized facility for Delaware County CMHS
  • Jay County services moved into newly renovated facility

1989-1990

  • Theraputic foster care program - Alternative Families (AF) - expanded to provide intensive home-based services to children and families
  • Gillbeke Apartments opened, providing 20 units of long-term housing for persons with severe disabilities
  • Division of Addiction Services granted approved for expansion of addictions outpatient and outreach services
  • Awarded re-accrediation by JCAHO

1990-1991

  • Henry County and Jay County adult Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) for substance abuse initiated
  • Adolescent IOP established in Delaware County
  • Specialized program for "dually diagnosed" (severly mentally ill and chemically dependent) begun in Delaware County

1991-1992  

  • Tillotson Avenue facility, which comprised 38,000 square feet of space to house programs from the five previously established Delaware County program sites and allow for future expansion, opened in January
  • Family Preservation Program counseling services initiated
  • Supported Employment Program established

1992-1993

  • Division of Mental Health renewed emphasis on shift to community-based care from institutional care
  • Medicaid Rehabilitation Option allowed significant expansion of case management services

1993-1994

  • Goodall Apartments completed, providing 20 units of long-term housing for persons with severe disabilities
  • School-based programs for seriously emotionally disturbed children established in Jay County
  • ADHD program for children, youth, and families initiated in Delaware County
  • Supported Employment Program awarded CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) certification
  • Awarded re-accreditation by JCAHO
  • Awarded prestigious Public Service Award from the Social Security Administration for outreach efforts to the disabled

1994-1995

  • Henry County services moved into newly constructed 14,500- square-foot facility
  • Adventure Based Counseling program for adolescents begun in Henry County
  • Anger control program initiated in Delaware County
  • Addiction and CSP programs expanded in Jay County

Third Decade

1996-1997

  • Awarded Accreditation with Commendation by JCAHO, recognizing CMHS’s exemplary performance in meeting JCAHO national standards for mental health and substance abuse organizations
  • Ellison House opened to provide new sub-acute stabilization program, offering short-term community-based acute care for adults who would otherwise be hospitalized
  • Eber House group home program relocated to larger facility to provide residential services for more individuals
  • CMHS Celebrated 20th anniversary

1997-1998

  • Drop-In Center, which provided homeless individuals with a neutral, non-threatening place to receive help and link with services, added a new program — Jenny’s Cupboard — to provide kitchen supplies to individuals who were setting up households with the assistance of CMHS
  • Anxiety Disorders Screening Day initiated
  • Outreach mental health services provided at Open Door/BMH Health Center in Muncie
  • Speaker’s Bureau established to provide community groups with programs on a variety of mental health issues
  • Core Adventure Program (CAP), a ten-week adventure-based counseling program for youth with serious family or legal problems, offered in Henry County
  • Began publication of newsletter, CMHS Connections

1998-1999

  • Served more than 2,500 individuals in Delaware, Henry, and Jay counties
  • Medical staff expanded to eight psychiatrists; first clinical nurse specialist joined staff

1999-2000

  • Jay County facility remodeled and expanded
  • CARF re-accreditation awarded to Comprehensive Employment Services
  • Awarded re-accreditation by JCAHO

2000-2001

  • Celebrated 25th anniversary
  • CMHS professional and support staff of more than 230 served more than 5,000 individuals in Delaware, Henry, and Jay counties

2001-2002

  • Dr. Suzanne Gresham retired as President and CEO
  • Mr. Hank A. Milius became President and CEO
  • Awarded re-accreditation by JCAHO
  • Behavioral Health Center, an outpatient psychiatry practice run jointly with Ball Memorial Hospital, opened
  • Staff increased to meet growing needs, including addition of three psychiatrists

2002-2003

  • Choices, a program for drug and alcohol addiction, established vital link between CMHS and the Jay County court system
  • First CMHS Human Resources Department established
  • First clinical software system implemented

2003-2004

  • Healing Through Art (HTA) project developed in partnership with ArtWorks to raise community awareness of child abuse and neglect issues
  • Endowment Funds created at Community Foundations in Delaware, Jay and Henry counties to support CMHS
  • Revised partnership agreement with Ball Memorial Hospital developed to provide acute inpatient care
  • CMHS services extended to Wayne and Randolph counties
  • Market research project begun with the Regenstreif Center for Healthcare Engineering at Purdue University
  • Awarded re-accreditation by the JCAHO

2005-2006

  • CMHS became Meridian Services on October 12, 2005
  • Meridian Services celebrated 30th anniversary