Columbus Medical Services d/b/a The Columbus Organization and its related entity, Columbus Educational Services are the nation’s largest providers of on-site professional staffing and consultative services focused exclusively on serving individuals with special needs. Since 1984, Columbus has collaborated with more than 140 state and local agencies and school districts in more than 40 states.
Columbus’ national reputation in serving individuals with special needs has been built on an outcome-oriented approach coupled with a commitment to work closely with each state agency, school district, and facility. Columbus’ team members have experience in clinical practice, designing and implementing active treatment programs, clinical research, staff training, forensic issues, litigation issues, recruiting professional staff for rural areas, and policies and procedure development.
As an interdisciplinary team of professionals, we have collaborated with more states, state agencies and school districts resolving hard to fill job placements than any other agency in the country. Specific service contracts have ranged from the recruitment and management of special education teachers, school counselors, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, nurses, social workers, psychiatrists, on site administration, physicians, etc. to continuing education programs, quality assurance programs, and both statewide and center systems development activities.
Many of the state agencies engaging Columbus were under extreme pressure in the areas of regulatory compliance, service certification, and federal litigation. In Hawaii, Columbus’ efforts allowed the Department of Education to meet Court mandated staffing benchmarks. In other settings, Columbus’ services were integral to agencies achieving positive outcomes, which included re-certification under the Federal Intermediate Care Facility-Mental Retardation (ICF-MR) program, successful closure of federal litigation (DOJ and Class Action), and vastly improved individual outcomes. Columbus has demonstrated a consistent record of helping customers achieve successful outcomes by providing timely and effective solutions designed to meet specific organizational objectives.
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