COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — The Buckeye Ranch and Nationwide Children's Hospital are collaborating to address the need for more youth and family mental health care in Central Ohio.
A new 48-bed residential mental health treatment facility is set to break ground in Grove City in the spring of 2023.
The collaboration will remodel the current Buckeye Ranch building, creating a state-of-the-art facility.
“Mental illness is one of the most pressing health issues of our time, and it has been exacerbated with the isolation and the stressors associated with the pandemic,” CEO and President of The Buckeye Ranch, Vickie Thompson-Sandy, said in a statement.
One in five U.S. children experience a mental health condition in a given year, and locally, one Ohioan under 18 years dies by suicide every 33 hours. The Buckeye Ranch, working with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, is fortunately in the position to expand our expertise and facilities to serve these youth and promote healing."
The new facility with house an optimal residential treatment program to help the transition from a hospital setting to home life.
The more than 57,000 square feet building will include a new education center, up-to-date space for intensive treatment, and a welcome center for family engagement.
“As providers, we strive to meet patients and families where they are with the resources they need to thrive," the Chief of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, David Axelson, MD, said.
A single provider cannot meet the needs of an entire community alone. We proactively seek out partnerships throughout the community that will enhance vital services for children’s mental health, and we are excited about this collaboration with The Buckeye Ranch, as they maintain an outstanding reputation for residential care."
The new facility is scheduled to open in 2025.
“This new facility will benefit our patients, and children cared for providers throughout the community. This is a positive and proactive step forward in our community-based model for mental health care," Axelson said.