Leading Behavioral Healthcare Provider Unveils The Heritage Of Hannah Neil Program, Filling Critical Need in Central Ohio

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Newly renovated facility is latest addition to treatment services Eastway offers in Franklin County

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Our goal is to provide a safe, home-like environment for those receiving care through The Heritage of Hannah Neil Program. We are with them every step of the way as they work through challenges...

Eastway Behavioral Healthcare, one of the largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit organizations serving Ohio residents struggling with mental illness, is now providing innovative services for youth and their families at The Heritage of Hannah Neil Program. Outpatient services are already being offered at the newly renovated facility on Obetz Road. Residential treatment services for at-risk elementary students are expected to begin this fall while day treatment will start this summer.

The 36,000 square foot building at 301 Obetz Road has been vacant for two years. Starr Commonwealth of Michigan was the last on site service provider. Eastway purchased the property, which sits on 22 acres, for $2.7 million late last year from the owner of the nursing facility next door.

“We are honored to uphold the heritage of Hannah Neil and provide a strong system of care for children and their families in Franklin County," explained John Strahm, Eastway President and CEO. “Our goal is to provide a safe, home-like environment for those receiving care through The Heritage of Hannah Neil Program. We are with them every step of the way as they work through challenges and overcome the barriers that limit success at school and in their communities.”

Eastway Behavioral Healthcare was founded in 1949, and is the largest provider of its kind in Montgomery County. It offers excellent behavioral healthcare, rehabilitation and housing services, and also advocates on behalf of those with special needs. For the past 20 years, Eastway has been providing residential programming for Franklin County youth within Montgomery County. With the purchase of the facility on Obetz Road, Eastway is expanding its continuum of care to Franklin County, providing both in-home and outpatient services.

“Eastway is working hand-in-hand with other providers in Franklin County who recognize there is a critical need for more services here,“ explained Tom Standish, Executive Director of The Heritage of Hannah Neil Program. “Referrals are already coming in. Because our programs are designed to be welcoming and collaborative with other community resources, we can ensure that Franklin County children and families have access to services that best suit their individual needs.”

To date, Eastway has spent $150,000 on renovations. While the building’s systems are being updated, a great deal of work has been done to create an environment that encourages and enhances healing. Each therapy room is unique and has its own theme such as Star Wars, the Beatles, and the beach. The overall effect is an inviting atmosphere that supports the intimacy of the work being done.

Eastway also recently became a charter tenant of the Reeb Avenue Family center located in the historical, revitalized Reeb Elementary School in south Columbus. Community-based outpatient services for children and youth ages 4 to 18 are available, as well as group and family therapies.

“We are excited about our expanded services in Franklin County and the impact we will have,” Strahm said. “We look forward to contributing to a collaborative effort that enhances the well being of central Ohio’s communities, families and individuals.”

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