AUGUST 29, 2023 – CLEVELAND – The Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services has approved a capital grant of more than $6.8 million to a collaborative consisting of the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County, The MetroHealth System and St. Vincent Charity Community Health Center for the development of a Crisis Center that will sustain and expand behavioral health crisis care in Cuyahoga County.
This investment by the state should greatly enhance our community’s ability to address the human tolls that arise from untreated mental health issues, including the current epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Making it easier for people to get the mental health and addiction care they need when they most need it will strengthen neighborhoods and support families throughout Cuyahoga County.
The new funding will be used to renovate facilities at the St. Vincent Charity Community Health Center in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood that will be the site for the Crisis Center that will include crisis intake and receiving, psychiatric emergency services, and a crisis stabilization unit.
When it opens in the fall of 2024, MetroHealth System caregivers will run this new, comprehensive 24/7 Crisis Center and provide a comprehensive offering of care delivery and wraparound services, which is an extension of the full continuum available throughout the health system. The ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County will provide oversight of the capital project and funding for the operations of the Crisis Center. St. Vincent Charity Community Health Center will serve as landlord and collaborator in providing community-based services.
In applying for the grant, the ADAMHS Board highlighted that the new center will “provide individuals with enhanced access to a visible crisis continuum of services and supports that are person-centered, quality driven, and focused on ensuring people are stabilized and thriving in the community.” The intake center will use a “living room” model of care designed to serve a wide range of acuity levels in a supportive and reassuring manner. In addition, the emergency services unit will offer acute assessment and treatment of individuals with severe behavioral health concerns either self-referred or brought in by police. The crisis stabilization unit will have 16 beds for individuals who require additional time for placement or linkage to community services.
“We think this is an exciting model that will add to the continuum of behavioral health care in our community using accepted best practices and will help each patient receive needed and deserved services,” said Scott S. Osiecki, Chief Executive Officer of the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County. “We are also pleased to partner with MetroHealth and St. Vincent Charity, two of our community’s oldest health care providers, to carry out this vision.”
“This collaboration to expand crisis receiving, stabilization and emergency services will continue a long tradition of care in the heart of Cleveland as part of our St. Vincent Charity campus,” said Janice G. Murphy, MSN, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sisters of Charity Health System. “In addition to this and many community partnerships, St. Vincent Charity remains committed to providing outpatient mental health care, addiction services through Rosary Hall, community-based case management and wrap-around services through our newly implemented crisis and recovery services program.”
“Mental health and addiction issues are ravaging our communities and our families, and this Crisis Center will greatly expand our collective ability to ease that pain because it will enhance our existing array of services and do so at a centralized location that’s convenient to our Main Campus at MetroHealth in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood and our Behavioral Health Hospital in Cleveland Heights,” said MetroHealth President & CEO Airica Steed, Ed.D, RN, MBA, FACHE. “This responsibility fits perfectly with our mission as Cuyahoga County’s super safety-net health system. We are eager to partner with the ADAMHS Board and St. Vincent Charity to bring this innovative and transformative model to Cleveland. Together we will treat the total health of everyone, including the invisible wounds that steal the joy and life from our communities.”
Besides supporting the renovations, the state grant will also help pay for technology upgrades, equipment and furniture and initial staff recruiting, onboarding and training at the new crisis center.
About the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County is responsible for the planning, funding and monitoring of public mental health and addiction treatment and recovery services delivered to the residents of Cuyahoga County. Under Ohio law, the ADAMHS Board is one of 50 Boards coordinating the public mental health and addiction treatment and recovery system in Ohio. The Board is a quasi-independent part of county government, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board contracts with provider agencies to deliver services that assist clients on the road to recovery.
About The MetroHealth System
Founded in 1837, MetroHealth is leading the way to a healthier you and a healthier community through service, teaching, discovery, and teamwork. Cuyahoga County’s public, safety-net hospital system, MetroHealth meets people where they are, providing care through four hospitals, four emergency departments, and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites. Each day, our 8,000 employees focus on providing our community with equitable health care – through patient-focused research, access to care, and support services – that seeks to eradicate health disparities rooted in systematic barriers. For more information, visit metrohealth.org.
About St. Vincent Charity Community Health Center
Established as Cleveland’s first and only downtown hospital, today St. Vincent Charity Community Health Center is the city’s faith-based, high-quality outpatient health care provider. Our distinguished doctors and caregivers are devoted to treating every patient with clinical excellence and compassionate care. Home to the renowned Rosary Hall, St. Vincent Charity Community Health Center has services in primary care, occupational health, behavioral health and addiction medicine, urgent care, psychiatric emergency services, and more. Owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System, St. Vincent Charity has provided Care Beyond Medicine since 1865. For more information, visit stvincentcharity.com.
Clare Rosser, ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County
Dorsena Koonce, The MetroHealth System
Rebecca Gallant, Sisters of Charity Health System