Our Affiliates

Applewood Centers, Inc.

Applewood is a private, non-profit agency providing mental health services, social services and education to children, adolescents and families living in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. Dedicated to addressing a variety of behavioral, emotional and learning problems, Applewood provides a continuum of care from outpatient counseling to residential treatment.

Providing a safety net of services for vulnerable children and families.

Jennifer Blumhagen Yarham, LISW-S

Executive Director


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Bellefaire JCB

Bellefaire is among the nation’s largest, most experienced child service agencies, providing a variety of behavioral health, substance abuse, education and prevention services. Each year, Bellefaire helps more than 21,000 youth and their families achieve resiliency, dignity and self-sufficiency through more than 25 programs.

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Strengthening children. Strengthening families. Strengthening the community.

Jeffrey A. Lox, LISW-S, ACSW

Executive Director


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Lifeworks is a non-profit organization committed to ensuring that adults with autism have more independent and enriched lives by providing opportunities to learn, engage socially, and participate in meaningful work. A subsidiary of Bellefaire JCB, Lifeworks was launched in 2013 to extend both the reach and scope of specialized autism services offered by Bellefaire’s Monarch Center for Autism to an adult population. Lifeworks features an individualized vocational, lifeskills and recreational program, as well as a variety of supported living options where adults with autism can thrive.


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Helping adults with autism achieve greater independence through social, educational and vocational programming.

Carl Brass, LPCC-S

Executive Director


Monarch Teaching Technologies

Monarch Teaching Technologies, Inc. was founded in 2005  by Bellefaire JCB  and in partnership with Harvard Medical School/Children’s Hospital Boston’s Autism Language Program. Together they developed the visual learning software, VizZle™, a web-based, interactive activity tool for the K-12 special education market. VizZle™ transformed a uniquely effective visual language curriculum into the first interactive, web-based lesson creation and delivery system for the classroom and home. The software has been adapted for widespread use by schools, clinicians and parents of children with autism. The software is currently being used by more than 4,000 teachers and 30,000 students across 300 public school districts.

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Providing web-based special education software for the diverse needs of all learners.

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