About Us

Operation PAR, Inc. began after a mother discovered her teenage daughter experimenting with drugs. This mother, Shirley Coletti, sat up all night and worried with her friend and neighbor, James T. Russell, who was then Pinellas County’s State Attorney. Shirley Coletti discovered that there was no place for parents like her to get help. So, with the assistance of several parent advocates, Pinellas County Sheriff Don Genung, State Attorney Russell and former Pinellas County Commissioner Charles Rainey, Operation Parental Awareness and Responsibility was founded, an organization that would provide parents the necessary resources to battle drug addiction.

Operation PAR, Inc. has been putting Florida’s families first for more than 37 years since incorporating as a nonprofit organization in 1970. Prior to receiving federal funding, Operation PAR provided treatment services with a volunteer staff of paraprofessionals and professionals. Today, staffed with more than 425 employees, Operation PAR provides integrated addiction and mental health services at its various sites in Broward, Pinellas, Pasco, Lee and Manatee counties.

Operation PAR’s current Board of Directors includes volunteers representing a broad spectrum of the community. These include health care professionals, business people, educators, lawyers, bankers, realtors and others. Many are community activists who serve on other boards in the Tampa Bay region, working with foundations, civic groups and service agencies.

Currently, the agency has numerous contracts with various local, state and federal agencies and is nationally respected for its excellence and reputation for bringing research to practice. Operation PAR is well known on a national and international basis for its research initiatives funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Mission: To strengthen our communities by caring for families and individuals impacted by substance abuse and mental illness.

Vision: Operation PAR, a beacon of hope in our communities – helping people be aware, be responsible, be healthy and be happy.