Youth Mental Health Center to Open in Grove City Ohio

GROVE CITY, Ohio (WCMH) – Two of Columbus’ greatest caretakers of youth are teaming up to open a state-of-the-art facility for children recovering from mental illness.

According to Vicki Thompson-Sandy, on January 10, Buckeye Ranch and Nationwide Children’s Hospital announced their plans to open a 48-bed mental health treatment center in Grove City this spring to help youths facing mental health challenges. To strengthen the support network for President and CEO of The Buckeye Ranch.

“With the isolation and fear and loss that many young people experienced (during the pandemic), it’s really driving the increase in mental health needs that we’re seeing, and so this residential facility is a solution, a solution, for that increased need,” Thompson-Sandy said.

The 57,000-square-foot facility, which is set to open in 2025, will complement Bucke Ranch’s existing Grove City campus at 5665 Hoover Road. Most of its residents will be children who are transitioning from a hospital stay but aren’t quite ready to return home.

A step down from inpatient psychiatric care, the new center is designed to allow youth additional time to stabilize before being released back into their communities — back to the hospital’s emergency room, Thompson-Sandy said. A way to avoid two-back visits.

“It doesn’t constitute very good care for our youth, so this allows us to fill that gap,” she said.

For Sherry Dunagan, the center is a welcome addition to Grove City. A longtime resident who works as the city’s business and community relations specialist, Dunagan said she and her husband spent years navigating the complicated web of mental health care for three of their five children — All of whom have now recovered.

She said that after an emergency room visit she was handed a long list of phone numbers to call to address her child’s suicidal ideation, leaving her overwhelmed and confused about where to turn.

“You’re making all these phone calls, and meanwhile, my kid was just talking about harming himself. What am I supposed to do for those two weeks?” Dunagan said. “We can only pray and pray.” left for, and it never came in handy.”

“I’m so excited that families who may struggle with this in the future, that they can have someplace to go after that journey,” she said.

In the early stages of addressing their children’s mental health needs, Dunagan said she and her husband “kept it a secret” from the family. It wasn’t until his daughter, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, requested that Dunagan stand in front of her 6th grade class to explain the illness.

Dunagan said, “There are so many families out there struggling with it, and generations of ‘shut up, don’t tell anyone, keep it to yourself, don’t cry in public, work through it’.” “But the biggest advice I have is? You’re not as alone as you think you are.

Buckeye Ranch and Nationwide’s new facility will offer psychiatric and medical services, Thompson-Sandy said, and will feature an education center, recreation room and other activities for its youth residents.

“The young people we serve who have the most complex mental health needs don’t really see hope for their future when they are at a stage of self-harm or suicide,” Thompson-Sandy said. Huh.” “Our mission is about restoring that hope and providing healing to kids, so that’s really what we’re trying to do.”

To watch a fly-through video with a proposed rendering of the center, visit The Buckeye Ranch’s Vimeo account.

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