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The Africentric Personal Development Shop (APDS), is an innovative behavioral healthcare center specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the prevention, treatment of, and recovery from addictions. Our agency also provides educational classes for the intervention and prevention of domestic violence. We offer a Youth Summer Day Camp for ages 6 to 12 hosted at the Millennium Community School.

APDS is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit counseling institution founded in 1988 by Drs. Moriba and Barbara Kelsey in Columbus, Ohio.

Our role in this community is to provide and make available effective counseling and educational services to people who typically can’t afford or do not have access to programs that address substance abuse and domestic violence. As a behavioral healthcare center, APDS has continuously provided innovative and effective counseling and prevention programs for over 25 years.

Since “day one” our number one goal has consistently been to provide excellent service to our customers and that goal is still our driving force. Additional goals are to:

  • Help clients gain a firm understanding of addiction, its consequences and the recovery process
  • Support clients to maintain sobriety and develop solid support systems for continued sobriety
  • Encourage clients to set healthy boundaries and develop an internal focus of control
  • Provide clients with the innovative model of Duluth Domestic Violence Intervention Education
  • Hold clients accountable and ensure program compliance
  • Have clients take responsibility for their behavior and consequences
  • Provide education and support to motivate clients for positive behavioral change
  • Provide prompt, accurate and detailed reporting to probation departments and referring agencies as we collaborate to keep our communities healthy and safe
  • Provide the S.M.A.R.T. 2.0. Summer Day Camp for youth ages 6 to 12

APDS is dually certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)

We are primarily funded by citizens of Franklin County through the ADAMH Board of Franklin County. A subsidy scale is applied to most of our programs.

Our annual budget is just over 1 million dollars with a workforce of 13 full-time and 10 seasonal employees, plus independent contractors.

Services are offered to all populations and no one is denied services due to race, ethnicity, age, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or economic status.



We consistently review the new research and findings in our behavioral healthcare industry. Our staff continues to enhance the efficiency of our operations. Over the last year we have instituted several technological improvements allowing APDS to transition to a leaner management structure and shift more resources into direct service. We will continue to measure the effectiveness of APDS by the success our clients, efficiency of our operations, and reliable stewardship of public and private resources. We value and explore the input we receive from our clients, funders, partners, and citizens in general. Equally as important, we value the input from our staff and volunteers and place strong emphasis on providing a supportive yet challenging work environment.

Our Theme

Journey To A Breakthrough

Our Motto

“We Demonstrate Excellence.”

Tag Line

Making Franklin County Healthier and Safer

Our Mission

To provide innovative and appropriate treatment, social services, education and prevention programs to prevent, treat, and eliminate substance abuse and domestic violence.

Our Vision

To be and be nationally recognized as an innovative and preeminent behavioral healthcare center specializing in substance abuse treatment and domestic violence intervention education.