License allows residential care for heroin addicts in Ohio

Heroin clinic backlog
Heroin clinic backlog

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – People are starting to move into a drug treatment center in Dayton that had been waiting on state approval. Woodhaven Residential Treatment Center now has a conditional license to operate.

The Ohio Department of Mental Heath and Addiction services will check back with the center in 90 days for full licensure. The facility is set up in the Medical Center at Elizabeth Place.

There are 66 beds available to men and women who are addicted to drugs, especially heroin.

Woodhaven’s CEO, James Goodwin, told 2 NEWS Investigates residential treatment centers are rare because Medicaid does not pay for overnight stays.

While looking into what Goodwin called an unusual delay in getting certified, 2 NEWS Investigates exposed the increased workload at the state level with the merging of two departments charged with addressing mental health and addiction services.

The state did hire four new regional surveyors in the past six months to help with site visits and certification.

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