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Who We Are: For the last 60 years, we’ve provided mental, emotional, and behavioral health, child welfare, and education services to children, youth, and families throughout Central and Southwest Ohio. Our continuum of care addresses every stage and aspect of what children may be experiencing after traumas caused by mental illness, abuse, or neglect.

Through residential, community-based, day treatment options, foster care, and child welfare services, our experts put each family and their strengths at the core. We also call on our community partners to assist with other services, so every child, youth, and family receives comprehensive treatment that enables them to heal.

What We Do: We are committed to family centered, culturally competent, and strength focused treatment. While specific services may change, our focus on strength remains. We recognize the unique experiences of our families and tailor treatment to their needs. We believe that for a child to be successful, the family must be at the table, whatever their family may look like, be it foster parents, birth parents or kinship caregivers. Many of our families have faced seemingly insurmountable adversity and our trauma informed approach allows us to identify and reinforce their strengths to help set in motion healing and lasting change.

How We Impact the Community: This last year, we once again impacted over 6,000 children, youth, and families in our community. For the families who discharged from our services, ninety percent (90%) indicated that they would refer others to The Buckeye Ranch! We are proud of the positive impact we are making as the youth in our community face difficult times as they struggle with mental health challenges. To address this, we partnered with Nationwide Children’s Hospital this year to provide psychiatric residential treatment to children with complex mental health needs who are ready to step down from the Big Lot’s Behavioral Health Pavilion. For the first time in 30 years, we are expanding our campus in Grove City to serve these youth. Our aim is to prevent youth from psychiatric hospitalizations and to keep them close to their families while they are receiving treatment. Today, 140 Ohio youth are receiving this treatment in another state!

How You Can Help: You can make an investment in youth who are experiencing unprecedented mental health issues today. Invest in our partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital by giving to our expanded campus project. This is a Partnership about Change for our young people. Invest at and add Partnership to the comments section.

You can reserve your spot or sponsor our annual event, A Positive Note, by reaching out to our team at Proceeds go to support the children, youth, and families served by The Buckeye Ranch. We’d love to see you there.

The Buckeye Ranch

4653 East Main Street Whitehall, OH 43213


President & CEO: Vickie Thompson-Sandy

Development Director: Abigail Maenle

Board Chair: Chay Rankin, Morgan Stanley

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