Local hospital expands to help people struggling with substance abuse, mental illness

Haven Behavioral Hospital helps people struggling with substance abuse, mental illness (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Haven Behavioral Hospital of Dayton opened its doors in 2012 with a mission of serving seniors.

But after seeing the clear need to help people with mental illness overcome substance abuse, officials said it was clear the need from the community has changed.

"About a year ago, Haven saw the need to serve a younger population," CEO Jonathan Duckett said, "and started serving adults that were 30 and older."

On Monday, the facility officially opened their newest addition after breaking ground in the fall.

"This expansion, now we are serving adults that are 18 and older," Duckett said, "and serving people with substance abuse issues, along with mental health issues."

The hospital now has a whole new floor equipped for treatment, 27 additional beds, assessment rooms and private patient space.

"It may have been that someone was struggling with, say, depression or bipolar disorder and turned to substances as a means to treat their mental illness," he said.

Duckett told FOX 45's Rachel Aragon that more resources for people battling both diseases is overdue.

"Someone that has an addition to opioids, which is obviously a huge crisis in this part of Ohio," he said, "so that's why we felt the need to expand our services with this expansion."

The goal is to provide rapid stabilization for patients, with an average stay of about 7 to 10 days, but the expansion is also about the patient's experience.

"We don't want to have somewhere that feels institutional," Duckett said. "So having a more relaxed feel, but being safe at the same time, was really important to us to ensure they're going to feel good."

You can call and make an appointment for an assessment to see if you quality for their services, but the hospital also welcomes walk-ins.

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