This is a collaboration between The Buckeye Ranch and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It will serve as a bridge between the hospital and home.

GROVE CITY, Ohio — Buckeye Ranch has announced plans to build a new 48-bed treatment center in Grove City.

In partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, it will be a place where young patients can focus on their mental health after they leave the hospital and before they go home.

“I think it’s important that we have facilities like this,” said Amber Anderson, who once participated in The Buckeye Ranch’s residential program.

Having experienced her own mental health journey as a teenager, she said the facility will help other teenagers not so much because of the physical location itself, but because of the support team.

“I think the most important thing is to stay strong through the pain, because whether you believe it or not, or see it, there are so many people around you rooting for you,” she said, offering advice to other teenagers.

Kimberly Miller and Christina Massey of The Buckeye Ranch said there is a need for this level of treatment here in central Ohio.
They explain exactly how it will help.

“We all know there’s a stigma around mental health, and we want to be able to counter that,” said Kimberly Miller, executive vice president of strategy and business operations for The Buckeye Ranch. there is a residential facility, but the children who enter the residential facility are usually stabilized with medication. So there is a gap that we found between acute inpatients and inpatients.”

“We have a group of youth in our community who struggle with chronic feelings of self-harm,” said Christina Massey, executive vice president of programs and services.[They] have more aggressive types of behavior that they display when they are in treatment.’

“For those children who are discharged from the hospital and have not completely stabilized on medication, psychiatric, medical and behavioral health monitoring is needed,” Miller said.

They also add that teenagers will no longer have to travel out of state to receive such assistance. The new build is a commitment to what they call modernized mental health care.

“To really help the community see that we understand that they all have different levels of mental health,” Miller said.

It is planned to break ground in the spring, and construction is planned to take two years.

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