Franklin County Crisis Center Receives $1 Million From CareSource
Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Services Facility Will Break Ground in Early 2023
(Columbus, OH) – The Franklin County Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Center capital campaign is one step closer to its goal with a $1 million investment from CareSource. With this investment, the $59.9 million capital project has raised $57.16 million in private and public sector support to build a centralized destination of care for adults with mental health and addiction crisis needs.
Led by the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH), the crisis center reflects a community-wide investment to address the growing need for mental health and addiction crisis services. Franklin County is experiencing high fatal overdose and emergency hospitalization rates, and it is estimated that Central Ohio will see a 23% increase in demand for mental health and addiction services over the next 10 years.
“We are grateful for CareSource’s investment in our community, helping ensure that there will be mental health and addiction care for anyone who needs it, whenever they need it,” said ADAMH CEO Erika Clark Jones. “As this investment further demonstrates, enhancing crisis care in Franklin County is a priority for the entire community.”
“Challenging economic times make the Franklin County Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Center and the services it will provide even more significant for individuals and families who need specialized and immediate assistance,” said Steve Ringel, CareSource Ohio Market President. “CareSource believes that improving the lives of these individuals not only helps lead them to success but will also help meet the growing need for mental health and addiction crisis services in our region when the facility opens in 2025.”
Other major philanthropic gifts to support the construction of the crisis center include $2.5 million from the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations, $1 million from the Robert F. Wolfe and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation, $1 million from the Nationwide Foundation, $1 million from American Electric Power Foundation, $500,000 from the Columbus Medical Association Foundation, and $500,000 from The Columbus Foundation. Additional investments have been made by state, county and city governments, and the adult hospital systems in Franklin County: Mount Carmel, OhioHealth and Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Groundbreaking for the new crisis center is planned in early 2023 on a 3.046-acre parcel of land owned by ADAMH, located in the West Edge area at 465 Harmon Ave.
“The crisis center will benefit everyone in our community, from individuals in crisis and their families to the overcrowded hospitals and first responders currently stretched to their limits,” Clark Jones added.
Upon construction completion in early 2025, the Franklin County Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Center will have the capacity to serve adults and their families at any time with a full array of services to support individuals with both mental health and substance use disorders. Peer support will be integrated into all levels of care, and ‘warm handoffs’ to appropriate community-based care will be facilitated before individuals are discharged.
The Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH) provides a pathway to health and healing for individuals and families in Franklin County seeking resources for addiction and mental health. ADAMH funds accessible and affordable prevention, crisis, treatment, housing, family and recovery services through a network of more than 30 nonprofit agencies located in neighborhoods throughout the county. To learn more about ADAMH, visit the website at adamhfranklin.org.
CareSource is a nonprofit, nationally recognized managed care organization with over 2 million members. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, since its founding in 1989, CareSource administers one of the largest Medicaid managed care plans in the U.S. The organization offers health insurance, including Medicaid, Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare Advantage and dual-eligible programs. As a mission-driven organization, CareSource is transforming health care with innovative programs that address the social determinants of health, health equity, prevention and access to care.